'This is not a meth lab:' Bomb-making chemicals found after Beaver Dam apartment blast
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WISN) -
A Beaver Dam apartment explosion that killed one man and displaced about 150 residents on Monday appears to be the result of bomb-making activity and "is not a meth lab," Chief John Kreuziger said at a morning press briefing.
The body of the man killed in the blast on the second floor of the Village Glen Apartments remained in the apartment, unidentified, as Kreuziger addressed reporters and concerned residents.
Investigators found more than one chemical inside the apartment, but the exact nature of those chemicals was unknown as of 10:30 a.m., the chief said.
Asked if the explosion was the result of terrorist activity, Kreuziger quickly answered: "We don't know if it is."
Some of the displaced residents would be able to return to their homes later in the day, Kreuziger said.
Agents from the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in.
Beaver Dam police say some residents may return home following an apartment explosion that killed one man. Police and fire officials forced about 150 people from home after finding dangerous chemicals inside.
"I just got home from work. And I was going to make supper. And we had a knock on our door saying that we all had to evacuate," said Dianne Carr, one of about 150 people at the Village Glen Apartments forced to leave her home around 6 p.m. Monday.
Richard Koltz also evacuated. He says he was watching T.V. around 1 p.m. when he felt the explosion and saw the damage across the street. The blast blew out windows and patio doors.
The second-floor explosion also damaged walls and the ceiling of the apartment below.
State agencies came in to assist in the investigation. Once inside, investigators found a dangerous substance and declared the immediate area unsafe. Officials have not said what the chemical is.
The explosion did not hurt anyone else.
Most of those forced from home are staying with family and friends. While police announced late Monday some residents may return, police don't know when the rest will be able to return. The Red Cross is helping those who are displaced. "Don't know what to do. I've never had nothing like this. I've never experienced this before," said Carr.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating what caused the blast.
Police have not released the identity of the man who died.