escondido bomb house
Thursday morning in the roof of the one-story home on Via Scott to provide the fire with the oxygen needed to burn quickly. The normal house fire is about 1,200 degrees, fire officials said.
A 16-foot wall was built between the home and its closest neighbor. A fire-retardant gel was spread Thursday morning on the wall. Vegetation was cut to keep the fire from spreading. Two fire departments are standing by.
Initially, officials had hoped to start the fire at 9 a.m. Wednesday. That was delayed until Thursday because weather specialists were concerned about overcast and wind patterns. The rescheduled time of 9 a.m. Thursday was delayed for similar reasons. Overcast could keep the smoke from drifting away.
After a final thumbs-up from meteorologists and bomb experts, authorities used a remote-controlled device Thursday morning to set fire to a house on the outskirts of Escondido containing massive amounts of bomb-making material.