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    TATP is the explosive that Najibullah Zazi was accused of trying to make

    Blast at Lake Elsinore home involving high explosives under investigation [Updated]
    October 8, 2009 | 11:39 am

    Federal and Riverside County authorities are investigating an explosion overnight at a Lake Elsinore home in which highly powerful explosives were used, according to a law enforcement source.

    The blast occurred late Wednesday night at a home in the 30500 block of Audelo that was sometimes used for a day-care operation. A man in the home was seriously injured, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Riverside County sheriff's detectives, FBI investigators and bomb technicians and agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are taking part in the investigation.

    The source said investigators were trying to determine if the explosive found at the home was similar to acetone peroxide, or TATP, the powerful explosive used in the 2007 London subway terrorist bombings. But there is no evidence at this time that the Lake Elsinore case in related to terrorism.

    [Updated at Noon: Authorities detonated some of the explosives found in the house this morning. That blast was heard around the neighborhood.

    Alma Coronado, 35, who lives on the same street as the home where the blast occurred, said she was awakened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday from a deafening pop.

    "It was really loud. I thought it was thunder and was starting to storm," she said. "The windows started shaking."

    Her husband went outside the home to investigate but did not see anything. She said the neighborhood is usually pretty quiet.

    The law enforcement source said the explosives posed no threat to the public, but investigators were trying to determine whether someone was trying to build pipe bombs at the home. The source said they are investigating any links to skinhead groups -- but stressed the investigation is still in its early stage.]

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      Local Story, with pitcures of suspects: http://www.swrnn.com/southwest-river...sive-materials


      From LA Times:

      Child-care provider arrested on suspicion of making bombs in Lake Elsinore
      One son is also charged. A second son, injured when a bomb exploded in their home, is to be charged when he leaves the hospital.

      By all appearances, Rebecca Kuzelka used her home to operate a child day-care business on a quiet, tree-lined street in Lake Elsinore. But a different picture of the 55-year-old mother emerged after her home was rocked by an explosion late Wednesday night.

      On Thursday morning, deputies arrested Kuzelka and her son Grey Kuzelka, 21, on suspicion of using their home to make bombs and grow marijuana.

      Another son, Benjamin Kuzelka, 23, injured his hand in the explosion and was hospitalized. Authorities said he would be arrested when he is released.

      Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said, Benjamin Kuzelka was making an explosive device when it accidentally detonated, injuring his hand.

      About 20 minutes later, the department said, Kuzelka showed up at a local hospital saying that he had accidentally shot himself. "His injuries were inconsistent with a gunshot wound and doctors called the police," said Deputy Melissa Nieburger, a department spokeswoman.

      Deputies went to the Kuzelka home on a cul-de-sac in the 30500 block of Audelo Street. Property records list Rebecca Kuzelka as the sole owner of the house, which was built in 1983.

      Inside the home, Nieburger said, deputies found materials used to make explosives and a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing room.

      Authorities did not say how many marijuana plants were found in the home or disclose the type of explosive materials that were discovered.

      A law enforcement source told The Times that substances found at the home were similar to acetone peroxide, or TATP, the type of powerful explosive used in the 2007 London subway terrorist bombings. There was no evidence that the Lake Elsinore incident was related to terrorism, the source said.

      Riverside County deputies, FBI investigators and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took part in the investigation. Authorities also detonated some of the explosives at the home.

      "It was really loud. I thought it was thunder and was starting to storm," said Alma Coronado, who lives on the same street. "The windows started shaking."

      Nieburger said deputies had not determined how many children Rebecca Kuzelka cared for at her home.

      No children were present at the time of the explosion, authorities said.

      Rebecca and Grey Kuzelka were booked on charges of manufacturing of explosives, cultivating marijuana and felony child endangerment, Nieburger said.

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      Times staff writers Andrew Blankstein and My-Thuan Tran contributed to this report.
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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