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Bomb technicians sifting ashes of 'bomb factory' house in Escondido area

Controlled burn

The bomb/arson unit of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is sifting the ashes of the "bomb factory" house outside Escondido to ensure that all explosive materials were destroyed in Thursday's controlled burn.

The house, where massive quantities of bomb material were discovered, was reduced to ashes by a fast, hot fire set by remote-control detonation and monitored by dozens of fire, health, air pollution, and explosives specialists.

Once the bomb technicians declare the property on Via Scott to be free of explosives, the county's hazardous materials unit will supervise the clearing of the site of household toxic materials. That process is expected to continue through the weekend.

On Monday, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the county Department of Environmental Health will supervise the removal of ash and debris, a process expected to take all week.

Meanwhile, George Jakubec, 54, the former tenant of the property, remains in federal prison, charged with possessing bomb materials and bank robbery.

--Tony Perry in San Diego


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