James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooting suspect, in court on Monday. (WRDW-TV / July 23, 2012)
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- An elaborate booby trap system allegedly set up to pull police away from the Colorado theater shooting included improvised napalm and thermite, which burns so hot that water can't put out the blaze.
FBI bomb technician Garrett Gumbinner described the system Tuesday at a hearing in which prosecutors laid out their case against suspected gunman James Holmes.
He said three different ignition systems were found in Holmes' apartment. There was a thermos full of glycerin leaning over a skillet full of another chemical. Flames and sparks are created when they mix. A trip wire linked the thermos to the door.
Police say Holmes hoped loud music would lure someone to the apartment.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)