UPDATE: Controlled explosion in Beaver Dam apartment a success

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In order to safely remove several dangerous materials from an apartment, a team of experts completed a controlled explosion this afternoon in Beaver Dam.  The reason for this detonation came from a deadly incident earlier this week where a man was killed after an explosion went off in his apartment Monday afternoon. 

“I heard this very loud boom and I thought it was a sonic boom at first,” said Nancy Baisden, who lives only 100 yards away from the initial explosion.  “An officer came to the door and said you have to get out, and I kind of was going around getting stuff and he said no, you have to get out now.”

Since Monday afternoon residents like Nancy we’re not allowed to return home.

“This is my worst nightmare, I was panicking,” said Alex Steen, who lives in the same building as the initial explosion.

On Wednesday, the Red Cross gathered the victims in the basement of St. Katherine Drexel Parish Center for an update.

They were told the police, sheriff’s department, and the FBI would be ridding their apartment complex of a “significant amount of highly sensitive homemade explosives.”  

The explosives could not be removed safely by a bomb squad, so a controlled explosion was the answer.

Folks around town joined the apartment residents several blocks away to watch anxiously as it happened.

“My hearts racing, my building might be destroyed,” said Steen. “I don’t have renters insurance either, so this could be really bad.”

Following the explosion, her mind was at ease.  She said, “It was scary but I like seeing how little that explosion was was the greatest feeling ever.”

Firefighters needed to extinguish flames from the attic of the apartment following the explosion.

Officials have not released the identity of man responsible for this, or why the explosives were in his apartment.

They say their efforts today have been a success.  There was some structural damage that occurred to the building, but the explosion was less severe than anticipated.

Some residents in nearby apartments will be let back into their homes Wednesday night or Thursday.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE:

Officials say they were left with no other choice but to blow up a unit after an explosion earlier this week from homemade explosives. 

One man was killed in that explosion on Monday and his body is still inside the apartment.

Officials can not remove the body because it’s too dangerous for anyone to enter at this time.

The man’s identity and motives are unknown at this time.

Beaver Dam’s police chief says the FBI and ATF are still investigating after different chemicals and bomb-making materials were found inside the apartment.

The explosives could not be removed which is why they’re conducting the detonation inside the apartment.

Police say the detonation could cause additional damage to the apartment unit.  

Dozens of others at the complex and other locations nearby were evacuated on Monday as a precaution, and investigators say victim specialists are working with those affected.

Several families were able to come home Tuesday but others are still waiting for that call. 

Many residents are left without any of their belongings, pets, or medication. 

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