Bottle Rocket Leads To Big Trouble For Former Supermax Inmate

Things turned sour for Tyrone Dorn when cops stopped him for lighting a bottle rocket in this Loop park.

42-year-old Tyrone Dorn was arrested in Pritzker Park, 330 South State, after cops say they saw him light a bottle rocket around 10:30 p.m. last Monday.

A fireworks charge would be laughable for Dorn, who spent years at the Tamms Supermax penitentiary after participating in attacks at a “regular” Illinois prison while serving time for carjacking.

Unfortunately (for Dorn), cops found a loaded .357 magnum revolver in his backpack at the police station, prosecutors said. He was also carrying three cell phones.

The Near West Side man is now charged with being an armed habitual criminal, which is a Class X felony. Prosecutors also smacked him with charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon; possession of ammunition without a firearm owner’s ID card; using Chicago Park District grounds after hours; reckless conduct; and possession of fireworks.

A judge set his bail at $75,000.

In 2009, Dorn told the Chicago Tribune that he passed the time at Tamms by “reading the Quran and playing chess with an inmate housed upstairs in the same wing. They shout out moves to each other.”

“The hardest part [about Tamms] is the isolation,” Dorn said while locked up there. “It’s like being buried alive.”

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