3 Days Turns Into 1 Month

A man who lives next to the bomb house won't be going home just yet

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    NEWSLETTERS

    On Monday, work crews are expected to remove soil and scraps from the burned down Escondido property known as the “bomb factory.”
    The area is now considered free of danger, but two-homes are still evacuated.

    On Saturday, the County announced the property is free of danger, explosives and hazardous material. 

    3 Days Turns Into 1 Month

    [DGO] 3 Days Turns Into 1 Month
    A man who lives next to the bomb house won't be going home just yet. (Published Sunday, Dec 12, 2010)

    However, neighbors on both sides of the lot say they are still not free to go home.

    A set of fire walls still stand in North County after a fiery demolition project that made national headlines on Thursday. One of those walls sits next to Alan Haghighi's home. 

    House Fire Worried One Man the Most

    [DGO] House Fire Worried One Man the Most
    A man who owned the house next door had some very tense moments. (Published Friday, Dec 10, 2010)

    "Frustrated is the first word that comes to mind," he said.

    Haghighi was evacuated from his home on November 18 after a gardener stepped on a small amount of explosives on his neighbor's property. That caused a blast that injured the man and led to the discovery of what investigators called the largest collection of bomb making material in one home in U.S. history.

    Bomb House Clean Up

    [DGO] Bomb House Clean Up
    The clean up will delay some neighbors from going home. (Published Friday, Dec 10, 2010)

    Investigators decided to burn down the house as the only option to safely dispose of the massive stockpile.

    Initially, Haghighi was told the evacuation of his home would last three days. Now it seems, he might get back in next Saturday -- a full month after he was asked to get out. 

    Burning Down the House

    [DGO] Burning Down the House
    After weeks of planning, authorities set fire to the bomb house. (Published Friday, Dec 10, 2010)

    "There's more to it than just sleeping in my bed," he said.

    The timing couldn¹t be worse. Haghighi quit a full time job just two-months ago to focus on an Internet business -- run from his home.
    "We were unable to take advantage of the Christmas season because we were out. You know, that’s thousands of dollars. It’s really unfortunate."

    54-year old George Jakubec has pleaded not guilty to charges of making explosive devices and robbing three banks in connection with the case.