Seattle man arrested, bomb materials confiscated from home

A South Seattle man is under arrest after his landlord complained the tenant was making bombs.

King County Sheriff's deputies confronted the man Tuesday night and sealed off the house in the 10800 block of Forest Avenue South and evacuated some nearby homes.

In the morning, explosives experts from Joint Base Lewis-McChord along with federal agents removed bomb-making materials from the house. At one point some material, deemed unstable, was detonated at the scene to protect the safety of the officers.

Experts on the scene described the material as similar to "plastique," a soft, moldable form of explosive.

Sheriff's sergeant Cindi West said the homeowner is not considered dangerous to others or a security threat. "The guy was actually using the material to make exploding targets so when he shot them they would explode." The amount of material was not substantial. "It wasn't anything that was going to take out a block," said West.

Neighbors are still not being allowed back.

The man is jailed for investigation of manufacturing explosive devices.

Watch as Sheriff's deputies detonate the homemade explosives (video courtesy KCSO/Cindi West):

Tim Haeck, KIRO Radio Reporter
Tim Haeck is a news reporter with KIRO Radio. While Tim is one of our go-to, no-nonsense reporters, he also has a sensationally dry sense of humor and it will surprise some to learn he is a weekend warrior.
Top Stories

  • Live: Seahawks Chat
    Join 710 ESPN Seattle for a live chat during the Seahawks-Cardinals game

  • Week in Photos
    Cheetahs, penguins and Santa make it in this week's photos
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.