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Published On: Tue, Jul 24th, 2012

Trap set at Colorado shooter’s home with 30 grenades and gasoline

The home of James E. Holmes, the suspect in last week’s deadly shooting rampage at a crowded Colorado movie theater, was boobytrapped with more than 30 homemade grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline, a law enforcement official who viewed video from inside the apartment told CNN Monday night.

James E Holmes mugshot/ Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

While there was few furnishings, the elaborate setup was a challenge for bomb squad memebers.

“Imagine that fireball … you would have an explosion that would knock down the wall of (nearby) apartments,” the official said. “That flame would have consumed the entire third floor (of the apartment complex).”

“By the time a fire truck would have arrived, they would have arrived to a building that would have been completely consumed in flames.”

The grenades were wired to a control box in the kitchen, which bomb technicians disabled with the help of a remote-controlled robot that squirted water on it.

“It looked like spaghetti,” according to the official, who said it resembled setups that are used in Iraq and Afghanistan, but rarely in the United States.

The control box has been sent to Quantico, Virginia, for forensic analysis at the FBI laboratory, the official said.

Gasoline filled containers and gas cans were arranged around the apartment to “enhance the thermal effect of the explosion,” the official added.

On Monday, Holmes made his first court appearance, described by those in attendance as “dazed,” seemed to pay little attention.

 

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