July 24th, 2012
03:20 AM ET

Official: Trap in Colorado suspect's home had 30 homemade grenades, gasoline

The suspect in last week's deadly shooting rampage at a crowded Colorado movie theater boobytrapped his apartment with more than 30 homemade grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline, a law enforcement official who viewed video from inside the apartment told CNN Monday night.

The sophisticated set up at the Aurora home of James E. Holmes was meant to harm, or possibly kill, anyone who entered - and tested the skills of bomb squad members charged with clearing it.

"Imagine that fireball ... you would have an explosion that would knock down the wall of (nearby) apartments," the official said. "That flame would have consumed the entire third floor (of the apartment complex)."

"By the time a fire truck would have arrived, they would have arrived to a building that would have been completely consumed in flames."

The grenades were wired to a control box in the kitchen, which bomb technicians disabled with the help of a remote-controlled robot that squirted water on it.

"It looked like spaghetti," according to the official, who said it resembled setups that are used in Iraq and Afghanistan, but rarely in the United States.

The control box has been sent to Quantico, Virginia, for forensic analysis at the FBI laboratory, the official said.


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  1. revnowwhilewecan

    I really wish I could post some links. 🙂 While this is very tragic, I really want to know why no reports of the assa sination attempt on Secretary of State Clin ton while in Israel??? The story has leaked out all over Europe and the W.H. hasn't denied it?? I would think that's front page news, no??

    July 24, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. revnowwhilewecan

    I would also like to know why the MSM reports that all of the weapons were purchased legally? When was tear gas made legal for purchase by civilians? Why no mention by the MSM about witnesses who say there was an accomplice and that someone let him in the back door which only opens from the inside? Selective story coverage is really getting old MSM people!

    July 24, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • revnowwhilewecan

      C'mon guys. Moderation? Really? Again? Please post this. A lot of bloggers here would like to know more facts please. Thanks.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      Revnowwhilwcecan, he bought a ticket, went into the theater, left out of the emergency exit (which he propped open) went to his car, geared up, and came back in through the exit he prooped open. He bought the guns at Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain. Tear gas is not generally considered a weapon; it's chemical warfare. This was all widely reported. WIDELY. There was no mention of an aacomplish, because THERE WASN'T ONE. Making into something it isn't is usually a MSM thing, but you've done it yourself today...

      July 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      They want the focus on guns....

      But, with about $10 worth of gasoline.....he could have set the theater s exits on fire and killed even more people.

      You can't stop insanity with rules and regulations. Those are for rational people, not nuts.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Meredith

    I fond it so funny that people come to the this just in blog to complain about stories that were covered elsewhere on cnn...go elsewhere then!!! There's plenty of sites that will cater to someone's particular taste.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dorothy

    The only way to get guns under control is to TAX them. We should all demand our Congressmembers to enact such legislation. Charge little tax on rifles used for hunting and sports - rifles that cannot be hidden, but heavily tax automatic, semi-automatic and handguns, as well as grenades and other weapons. The purpose of these guns is to kill people, therefore TAX the heck out of them and use the taxes collected to provide a fund for victims' families. Another effective method would be for victims' families to jointly sue the NRA. The NRA has acted irresponsibly in promoting concealed carry laws and availability of weapons that go far beyond the intent of our "right to bear arms". Let them pay, and pay dearly.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    OK so now can we call him a terrorist? Or Mr.Holmes would remain appropriate.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, he is a terrorist of the first degree, saywhat.
      That he rigged his apartment to possibly take out his entire building, in addition to what he did in that theater, is more than adequate to earn him the moniker "terrorist"!

      July 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Indeed front page if its being reported elsewhere.
    But then our media ,as some if not most know is not supposed to cover all that happens in Israel. Only that which serves their agenda.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    One can get assault weapons & ammunition from local stores or on the net as this terrorist did including the tactical outfit. Doesn't that merit some kind of serious debate on our Gun Laws?

    July 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dorothy

    What happens when the right "to bear arms" infringes on the victim's right to the pursuit of happiness and personal liberty? This argument could go to the Supreme Court. One right should not exclude the pursuit of other rights. Congress has the power to legislate to ensure a balance. All individuals should have the right to pursue happiness, and exercising their rights should never be to the detriment of others. Something must be done about the handguns, attack weapons and paraphernalia. Is there a statesman among us who will pursue this? And is there a lawyer out there who will take on the NRA in a class action suit of victims' families against the NRA? Then we can have some progress.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greek American

    Yeah, so now we are allowed to order ammo and weapons over the internet, but make sure you don't order a carton of cigarettes from out of state or go to gambling sites and not report it on your taxes because the government will then surely come after you. What a joke!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ronvan

    Terrorist? You bet. Crazy? NOT to me. These "crazy, insanity" pleas have a place, BUT, not in this one! It took this "thing" time to plan and THINK about doing this ungodly act. It took time, and THINKING to rig the apartment with so many deadly items and trip wires that even the EXPERTS were bafled for awhile. These are NOT the actions of a crazy person!

    July 25, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robison

    I'm a firm believer that the afiarictil sweeteners is diet soda and such are bad. Not horrible, but not great. Simply put, these chemicals are not natural. We did not evolve with them thus our bodies do not know what to do. So our bodies turn them into fat.

    August 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |