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(Nov. 26) -- After finding a record cache of homemade explosives, San Diego County authorities have announced they are halting their search of the densely packed home, saying it is too dangerous to continue.
Local and federal agents have discovered blasting caps and pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a powerful plastic explosive known as PETN, along with a huge supply of weapons-making materials at the home of an Escondido man who is in jail on bomb-making charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"Inside a home, it's going to blow all the windows and doors and walls out, but it's not going to destroy the neighborhood. People would be in danger if they were immediately in front of the house or adjacent to the house," he said. " It would be almost like a gas explosion." Bomb squads must be wary of potential booby traps, Cavanaugh said. "These explosives, like HMTD, I call the devil's own mixtures, and they can be set off by shock, friction, static electricity, heat, flame or even a chemical reaction," he said. "Added to the danger is that they are difficult to find in a filthy hoarder's hovel."