(Beaver Dam) The deadly explosion at a Beaver Dam apartment complex Monday afternoon is being tied to explosive chemicals that are not associated with a meth lab. That’s according to Police Chief John Kreuziger who said at a press conference Tuesday morning that concerns over the explosive chemicals led to the multiple evacuations Monday.
One death is being investigated following the blast that happened around 1pm Monday at the Village Glen Apartments, 109 Knaup Drive #11; that’s the cluster of yellow apartments east of Mill’s Fleet Farm. There were no other injuries reported.
Residents were evacuated Monday evening from 17 apartment buildings adjacent to where the explosion occurred. As of noon, there were still seven buildings that remain under an evacuation order including the building where the explosion occurred.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations are on scene along with the Dane County Bomb Squad. Kreuziger said Tuesday morning that the FBI is now also involved and Homeland Security has been contacted.
Kreuziger says the goal of the plan is to safely address the explosive chemicals in the unit and remove the body, which remains inside the kitchen where the blast occurred. Kreuziger says there are multiple chemicals but the types of chemicals at this time are not known. There are also multiple “devices.”
He could not confirm if the deceased was making a bomb but he did say that it did appear that way based on their initial walk-through. A robot is expected to be used in collecting the chemicals. The victim has been not yet been identified.