Air Quality Good After "Bomb House" Destruction

By Michelle Wayland
|  Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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Asst Sheriff Describes Inside of "Bomb Factory" Home

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A house erupts in flames on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 during the controlled burn of a home in Escondido, Calif., that was so packed with homemade explosives that authorities claim they had no choice but to burn it to the ground. The house was rented by an out-of-work software consultant who allegedly assembled an astonishing quantity of bomb-making materials that included chemicals used by Middle Eastern suicide bombers. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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Test results show that air quality was not adversely affected by the so-called “bomb house” destruction, according to San Diego County officials.

“Air quality sampling taken before, during and after the house at 1954 Via Scott was burned showed that air quality remained unchanged and at typical good-to-moderate levels for the Escondido area,” said Michael Drake.

Results indicated that the cleanup is complete and no further action is required.

“County officials notified the landowner that the property was safe Wednesday,” said Drake.

The owners of the house, listed as Niel and Michele Mamerto, have demanded at least $500,000 for their loss, according to the North County Times.

Unstable chemicals were found inside the so-called “bomb factory” after a gardener stepped on explosive residue and was hurt. Authorities said the materials were too dangerous to remove.

The home's tenant, George Jakubec, has pleaded not guilty to bank robbery and making destructive devices.

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