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Because it is only those foreign terrorists who are trying to blow us up … or not – Police: Second explosive found in record cache in San Diego County

(CNN) — Authorities have found a second homemade explosive and more of a type of explosive previously discovered in a house in an unincorporated area near Escondido, California, officials said Thursday.

The house occupied by George Djura Jakubec, a computer software consultant who is now under arrest, has been described by authorities as a bomb-making factory. They say it holds the largest cache of the two homemade explosives ever discovered in one spot in the United States.

San Diego County authorities confirmed Thursday they have found pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, a favorite of al Qaeda bomb-makers that is now the target of new U.S. airport body scans and pat downs.

They also found more hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, or HMTD, in a bottle inside the house, but the two types of homemade explosives were not immediately removed because they are too volatile and the house is too cluttered to negotiate safely, Assistant Sheriff Ed Prendergast said.

Authorities had already recovered 8 or 9 pounds of HMTD, an explosive powder that suicide bombers use, authorities said.

If you are messing around with home-made HMTD you are a suicide bomber whether or not you actually intended to be. The police found the house after a landscaper made contact with what was probably spilled HMTD in the yard and it blew up.

I would surround the house with blast barriers and call in an air strike, because there is no way to clean that house out safely. If they have enough evidence for a conviction, I wouldn’t risk lives to gather more.

I’m sure the people who sold him the chemicals were shocked to find out he really didn’t … uh, umm … oh, yes, use them to clean swimming pools.

North San Diego county is an interesting place.


1 Badtux { 11.28.10 at 11:26 pm }

Ouch! A penguin goes away for a little vacation in the desert, and comes back to find out that his breed — computer software consultant — is one of the most dangerous on the planet! Can’t trust those computer software consultants, I always say… 😈

I like things that go boom. But I prefer to stick with things that don’t go boom *accidentally*, heh. Like, fireworks, shooting up poor innocent skeets with my shotgun, that sorta thing. Folks I was out in the desert with seem to feel the same way, I pity anybody who would stroll into that encampment and think they were going to hold it up at gunpoint or something, I think we were probably better armed than the Alaska National Guard :twisted:, nice thing about a sand dune as your backstop is that you don’t have to worry about ricochets. But that’s sane (sort of, heh). Anybody cooking up high explosives in his gardening shed, on the other hand, has a death wish…

— Badtux the Boomy Penguin

* Interesting thing about California gun laws: Concealed firearms — and loaded weapons in public — are generally illegal except in your home *or camp*. Something to think about next time you approach what looks like a homeless encampment on BLM land in the desert… the likelihood that they are armed approaches 100%, even if you see no visible weapons, and it’s 100% legal if they are.

2 Bryan { 11.29.10 at 8:53 pm }

When I was attending school in Monterey [pre-1980], it was open carry in most areas.

Oh, yeah, I automatically assume that people out in the middle of nothing are armed. You are one failed gasket from survival mode, so it makes sense. When I traveled cross country on a semi-regular basis in the military, I always carried my survival kit with me in the car.