Authorities in California burned down a house, Thursday, filled with explosives.
According to Reuters, demolition teams burned down a house packed with explosives Thursday in the San Diego area. Authorities say that the home had been turned into a bomb-making factory by man who is now in jail on charges of bank robbery. The New York Post added that the home was set on fire in "what was determined to be the safest way of dispoising of the volatile materials."
Reuters reported that the burning began a little before 11 a.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames within minutes when authorities heard two bangs which were then follwed by loud popping noises. The New York Post said the blaze was supposed to last for at least two hours
Reuters said that firefighters had cut holes into the roof to help improve ventilation before the house was set on fire. They also sprayed fire-retardent gel on homes that were close to the burn zone. Firefighters evacuated at least 60 homes that were close to the bomb house and the California Highway Patrol shut down a part of the intersate highway, I-15.
The New York Post said the home had been rented out by a former software consultant George Djura Jakubec. It contained, "the largest quantity of homemade explosives found in one location in the history of the United States." Reutuers added that Jakubec, 54, had lived there for four years and he is now in federal custody.
The New York Post reported that the home was filled with PETN, a powerful explosive that has been linked to terror cases such as the shoe bomb and the underwear bomb. Reuters added that the home had high explosives, bomb-making materials, handmade grenades and guns that were mixed in with piles of paper and other debris.
According to the New York Post, Jakubec is charge dwith 28 counts of possession and manufacturing destructive devides, on top of his already two counts of bank robbery.