A Seattle man whose house was in foreclosure apparently left the home looking like it might be rigged with an explosive booby trap, local media in Seattle report. A police bomb squad and SWAT team were called to the home this week.
They found several propane tanks and fire extinguishers on the property. One fire extinguisher was connected by a wire to the front gate, so that opening the gate would cause the extinguisher to go off, Seattle Police Lieutenant Greg Sackman told a reporter with the Seattle Fox affiliate.
“There were some devices in there that looked to us to be suspicious, so we wanted to make 100% sure that they weren’t any kind of explosive device,” Sackman said.
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The device actually would have only created a mess, not an explosion. Just in case, police evacuated nearby homes and shut down surrounding streets as they investigated.
This is not the first time that someone in the midst of a foreclosure allegedly booby-trapped his house. In 2009, Daniel Gherman was accused of setting a booby trap in his home in of Riverside, Calif. Devices around the home were made to resemble pipe bombs, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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