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Officials: Bomb factory house outside Escondido almost all gone

December 14, 2010 |  7:43 pm

Escondido bomb house

The remnants of the "bomb factory" house outside Escondido that frightened a neighborhood and amazed a region should be gone by Wednesday, San Diego County officials said Tuesday night.

The last of the soil, debris and ash from Thursday's controlled burn should be hauled away Wednesday to landfills. The 16-foot wall between the home on Via Scott and its closest neighbor was torn down Tuesday. The wall was built to protect the latter from the fire.

Bomb experts determined that the explosives found in the house were destroyed in the fire, officials said. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is overseeing the cleanup, determined that the debris is suitable for disposal in county landfills.

George Jakubec, 54, an unemployed software consultant, remains in federal prison on charges of bank robbery and possession of bombmaking materials, including some of the same kind used by terrorist bombmakers.

Jakubec has pleaded not guilty; none of the charges involve the sale or use of the explosives. Officials have not revealed a possible motive for his alleged actions. He was arrested Nov.18 after a gardener was injured in a backyard explosion.

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Photo: The house outside Escondido where bombmaking materials were found, seen Tuesday. Credit: San Diego County Environmental Health Department

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