Authorities on Thursday finally set fire to a “bomb factory” outside San Diego that contained at least nine pounds of homemade explosives.
Authorities have been preparing to torch the house for days, constructing a 16-foot firewall around it, evacuating surrounding homes and even shutting down part of a nearby highway.
The alleged bomb maker is George Djura Jakubec, an unemployed software consultant who had been renting the house. He has been indicted by federal officials on eight counts of bomb-making and bank-robbery charges, and is currently in prison without bail.
Deputy District Attorney Terri Perez previouslydescribed the scene as the “largest quantity of this type of homemade explosives found in one location in the history of the United States,” and investigations into the home had to be suspended after it was deemed to dangerous to enter.
Authorities expect the fire to reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and last about four hours.
Read TPM’s full coverage of the strange saga here.
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