Bomb Squads Working on Booby Trapped Apartment of Suspected Colorado Gunman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A bomb squad has set off a small detonation in the apartment of the Colorado shooting suspect.

Someone yelled "fire in the hole" a few times and then a fire engine horn honked. Then there was a pause of a few seconds and then a bang that was not much louder than a shotgun going off.

There was no fire or smoke, but it did blow out what remained of the window and its frame to the apartment of James Holmes, the suspect in Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater.

Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson says the controlled detonation was successful. She says there's work to be done in the apartment to include dealing with other devices.

Details are coming out about how a bomb squad is taking apart the booby trapped apartment of the Colorado theater shooting suspect.

A law enforcement official, citing the ongoing investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press and says officers disarmed one explosive with a "water shot," a device that emits a shock wave and water,

Police said earlier they had "defeated" another explosive attached to a trip wire but did not say how they did it.

The official said the apartment appears to have three types of explosives: jars filled with accelerants, chemicals that would explode when mixed together and more than 30 "improvised grenades" that resemble commercially available aerial fireworks shells.

Officers are evaluating the second disarmed explosive with a robot-mounted video camera.


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