Owner of Torched 'Bomb House' Says County Owes Her $500K
Authorities in San Diego County said last month they had no choice but to torch a home in Escondido because there were so many explosives stored inside there would be no safe way to remove them all. The homeowner, however, says "the action was unwarranted and that the county should pay the value of the home," and has filed a claim in an attempt to recoup at least $500,000, according to KTLA.When the home was ignited in a controlled burn, it was a spectacular sight, visible not only in the immediate Escondido neighborhood, but sending up a plume of dark smoke seen from miles away.
The explosives had been stockpiled by a renter, George Jakubec, whose stash included the same chemicals used by suicide bombers. "Federal prosecutors say the Escondido rental home contained the largest amount of certain homemade explosives ever found in a single U.S. location." The homeowner is now hoping to stick the local government with the tab for her torched property.