A San Diego County house where a man was operating a virtual bomb factory is so full of dangerous explosive material that it must be burned down, authorities said at a town hall meeting Tuesday night.
"There is no viable method to render the property safe," Sheriff Bill Gore told about 300 residents gathered at a middle school. "It is also not habitable. The most effective way is to destroy the residence by fire."
The audience gasped as the sheriff and other county officials showed slides of the rental home of George Djura Jakubec, which was full of hand grenades and powdered explosives in jars and in clumps on the floor.
Last week, explosives experts pulled out of the house in unincorporated Escondido, about 20 miles north of San Diego, saying it was too dangerous to continue investigating and removing the substances.
Gore said the house will be destroyed on Dec. 8 or after, depending on the weather.