Beaver Dam Police Chief says controlled explosion a "success"

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WBAY) - A team of explosives experts conducted a successful controlled detonation at a Beaver Dam apartment building where an explosion killed a man.

Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger provided two updates on the investigation at 109 Knaup Drive.

"The operation was a success, eliminating the threatening explosive material," Kreuziger said.

Kreuziger says investigators found "highly volatile homemade explosives" in one of the apartments.The materials were described as "too sensitive" to be handled.

Police are not ready to identify the man who died. Kreuziger says his body was removed from the apartment building Tuesday night.

Chief Kreuziger said sandbags were placed in the apartment to minimize impact of the controlled explosion.

"The damage from the explosion was less severe than anticipated by the experts," Kreuziger said.

Some residents will be able to return to their apartments Wednesday and Thursday, according to the police chief. The tenants have been reunited with their pets.

The initial blast happened on the second floor of the apartment complex Monday afternoon, blowing out windows and the sliding glass door of apartment #11. The man in the apartment was the only person killed.

FBI Victim Assistance Specialists and Dodge County Emergency Management have been meeting with tenants to address their needs.

A fund for residents has been set up at Horicon State Bank locations. The name of the account is "Dodge County COAD/Beaver Dam Apartments." The money will go to residents of the 109 Knaup Dr building only.

Beaver Dam Police say they've received assistance from the FBI, ATF, Dodge County Sheriff's Office, and Dane County Sheriff's Office.

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