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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-10 02:18 AM
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Bombs away: Authorities announce plans to burn Escondido home filled with explosives
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Source: East County Magazine

County declared disaster area; top disaster official seeks state disaster declaration--a move that would waive environmental laws

By Miriam Raftery

November 30, 2010 (Escondido) An Escondido home described by a prosecutor as a bomb factory will be burned down to destroy the largest cache of homemade explosives ever found on U.S. soil.

Protective barriers will first be erected around the property at 1954 Via Scott. Some neighbors have been advised to evacuate and remove all furnishings and belongings, while others have been told to shelter in place. Weather permitting, destruction of the home is expected to occur between December 8 and 10.

There is no viable method to render the property safe, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told concerned area residents at a community meeting this evening, held in San Marcos. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Highway Patrol, Sheriffs Bomb/Arson, County Hazmat, County Health, and local fire authorities were also present.


With County Supervisors out of session due to the holidays, the Director of Emergency Services exerted his authority today and declared a state of emergency for San Diego County. Walt Ekard, Chief Administrative Officer for the County, signed a proclamation today requesting that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaim a state emergency--a move that would allow suspension of environmental laws for destruction of the home and any toxins that may be released

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This is really scary for people around here.

I am seeking experts on toxins, explosives, and health issues to interview. How dangerous are the toxins to the public? If they're waiving environmental laws, what will that mean to public health and safety? Should people with asthma or chemical sensitivities leave the area?

How far will this stuff carry? How far away is far enough to be safe?

What might the "unknown" materials that authorities seem so concerned about be?

Will this site ever be safe? What about the homes nearby? Will their properties be contaminated long-term?

What is the recourse for the homeowner? (This was a rental property and the renter was the alleged bomb-maker.)

How about neighbors whose properties are damaged? what are their legal remedies? Does the owner of the property bear any responsibility here? Will neighbors' insurance policies cover damage due to police action?

Please email responses to, or post here. Thanks.
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