FBI: Holmes' booby trap included improvised napalm

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
James Holmes

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)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 186083122 - wrdw.com/a?a=186083122
Gray Television, Inc.