Bomb technicians are currently clearing a house in Escondido, California, containing the largest cache of certain homemade explosives ever found in the US. Among other explosives, the stash includes 4kg of suicide bomber favourite hexamethylene triperoxide diamine.
The explosives were discovered after a gardner accidentally ignited some of the hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) powder last week (the explosion is shown in the image above). In addition to the HMTD, grenades, and other weapons, authorities believe the house also contains pentaerythritol tetranitrate or PETN, an explosive used by the shoe bomber Richard Reid in 2001.
The owner of the home is 54-year-old George Djura Jakubec, a naturalised US citizen from Serbia. Jakubec's currently being held on $US5 million bail after pleading not guilty to 28 felonies charges: 13 counts of possession of a destructive device, 13 counts of possession of ingredients to make a destructive device and two robbery charges stemming from earlier incidents at banks. [CNN and 10 News]