(Beaver Dam) The highly volatile chemicals found in the remnants of a Beaver Dam apartment where a deadly explosion claimed one life Monday will be detonated this afternoon. One death is being investigated following the blast at the Village Glen Apartments, 109 Knaup Drive #11 just east of Mill’s Fleet Farm. There were no other injuries reported. The victim was apparently removed from the apartment yesterday.
Police Chief John Kreuziger said at a press conference this morning that the homemade explosives are so sensitive they cannot be handled or removed from the apartment. The chemicals will be detonated at 1pm. A perimeter is being established and Kreuziger says the public must avoid the area. There will be a heavy law enforcement presence to ensure public safety.
Residents were evacuated Monday evening from 17 apartment buildings adjacent to where the explosion occurred. Seven buildings remain under an evacuation order including the building where the explosion occurred. Kreuziger says law enforcement is doing everything possible to minimize damage to neighboring units and the surrounding property.
The Beaver Dam Police Department is working with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Victim specialists are working directly with the families and in some cases have reunited displaced residents with pets left behind.
The deceased still has not been identified and authorities do not know why he “had so many explosives in the apartment” saying only that it remains a “very active investigation” with more information released as it becomes available in coming days and weeks. A press conference will then be held at 4pm.