VIDEO: Bomb Squads Detonate Homemade Explosives in Backyard

King County Sheriff's Office, federal and Bellevue police bomb squads units on Thursday detonated explosives a man reportedly had been making into exploding targets just north of Renton.


Federal, King County and Bellevue police bomb squad experts detonated explosives Wednesday that were confiscated from a 29-year-old tenant of a home in the 10800 block of Forest Ave South just north of Renton.

The man allegedly had been making exploding targets to shoot at with firearms when King County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called by his landlord, said Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the office.

The landlord told police Tuesday evening she believed her tenant was making explosive devices.

The man was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of manufacturing improvised explosives, but West stressed he is not a terrorist.

"He was making them for recreational use,” she said. “These were not explosives powerful enough to blow up a house, but maybe would blow out windows.”

The immediate area was evacuated and the street block was closed while experts from the sheriff’s  office, FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency and the Bellevue Police Department detonated the explosives Wednesday afternoon.

The house has a Seattle address, but it is in an unincorporated area of King County just above Lake Washington and north of the mouth of the Cedar River.

West videotaped the detonation, which was in the backyard of the residence -- see the attached video.


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