Cassidee Carlson with Aurora police said Saturday morning crews were successful disabling the first threat in the apartment. They were able to disable a trip wire that was set to go off when the apartment door was opened.
“This is some serious stuff that our team is dealing with,” Carlson said.
According to a source familiar with the case, there are multiple “trip” wires throughout the apartment. Investigators have also seen what appear to be mortars planted in the apartment — sort of the kind of mortars that might be seen in a commercial fireworks show. Up to a half dozen of them are scattered around.
Investigators believe there are some 30 aerial shells (fireworks) commercially legally available for purchase. They are the size of softballs black in color and made of mostly rubber and investigators suspect the suspect may have filled them with smokeless powder. Depending on how he packaged it and how adept he was they could detonate or just burn.Go slow...Stay safe.
Officials believe entering the apartment causes a trip wire to trigger one liquid container to pour/mix with another. When the two mix together, they set off the main charge of the device which may be additional flammable liquids. That causes the explosion and rapid spread of fire.
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