The explosive ordnance disposal technician, on his third combat tour after 11 years in the military, was among eight troops who died while clearing a weapons cache.
When Kristoffer M. Solesbee was a boy, he enjoyed making backyard bombs out of vinegar and baking soda. He also liked to shoot off potato cannons by igniting hair spray in a plastic tube to propel a spud. And he launched model rockets from a field near his home in Citrus Heights , a suburb of Sacramento.
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