Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bombs up the street...

Home of alleged bomb maker in Escondido too dangerous to enter

The house in Escondido in northern San Diego County where large quanities of bomb-making materials have been found remains too dangerous for explosive experts to enter, the County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The resident, George Jakubec, 54, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Serbia, remains in jail, charged with possession of explosive devices, possession of bomb-making materials, bank robbery and burglary.

Jakubec has pleaded not guilty, with bail set at $5 million. Prosecutors said he is an unemployed software consultant.

The house came to the attention of authorities when a gardener was hurt in an explosion.

On Sunday, the Sheriff's Department bomb squad entered the house, retreating after seizing evidence that included homemade grenades. On Wednesday, the squad reentered the house, finding it "extremely cluttered, making movement and observation extremely difficult."

In a storage area outside the house, authorities found containers of hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and sulfuric acid and 50 pounds of hexamine, a bomb-making material, authorities said.

Also found were blasting caps and a quantity of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a powerful plastic explosive known as PETN and considered a "weapon of choice" of would-be terrorists including the so-called "shoe-bomber," Richard Reid.

The rest of the article here.

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