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Foreclosed Home Booby Trapped By Former Owner

SEATTLE, Washington ~ (KOMO News/ AOL Real Estate) ~ The FBI, a bomb squad and first responders wearing haz-mat gear converged on a foreclosed home when the former owner was thought to have booby-trapped it in anticipation of eviction.

Lieutenant Greg Sackman of Seattle Police said investigators found rigged fire extinguishers and several propane tanks, most of them empty, at the home in the 3200 block of Edmunds Street. Sackman said the one of fire extinguishers, "was rigged, so if someone pulled the wire and opened the up gate (to the house) the fire extinguisher would go off." No explosive devices were found at the home, but investigators did find some powder which was later determined to be a mix of sugar and fire extinguisher chemicals. Members of the Seattle Police SWAT team were also on hand to provide security.

At first the cops thought the home was booby-trapped, but later determined it had only been made to appear threatening by the former owner, who had recently undergone foreclosure. "The former owner was not happy, pretty much made it more difficult for the cleanup crew," said Sackman, Officers were called to the scene by that drew just before 1:00pm on Monday, September 26th. The crew became sick while cleaning the house the previous Friday, but didn't report the fake bomb setup until Monday. Police have identified the 51-year-old homeowner, who is a suspect in the case, therefore they haven't released his name and he remains at large.

Photo credit: KOMO News

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