Dick Dale

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Surf guitar legend Dick Dale's son and ex-wife just got into a bit of trouble with the law.

Jill and James Monsour were arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of possessing an explosive device in public after they allegedly blew up a propane tank near Dale's home in Wonder Valley, Calif., according to the Washington Post

Investigators said the mother-son duo placed a 5-gallon tank of propane on top of a burning woodpile, which caused it to explode.

The 75-year-old surf guitarist, whose guitar sounds can be heard on Pulp Fiction's theme song "Misirlou," said he was shocked when a neighbor told him about the arrests, according to the paper.

Dale reportedly said he hasn't had contact with Jill for 12 years and rarely sees his son, who used to play drums at Dale's concerts from time to time. 

The duo was still in jail Tuesday afternoon on $500,000 bail, and it looks like they won't be able to depend on Dale to bail them out.

The musician said he is fighting cancer and other illnesses and the medical expenses make it "impossible" for him to pony up the bail money. 

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