Specialists detonate chemicals after fatal Wisconsin blast

March 7, 2018

Law enforcement officials watch the planned detonation inside apartment 11 at 109 Knaup Drive in Beaver Dam, Wis., where explosive materials were destroyed Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The explosive materials were discovered in the apartment after a fatal explosion Monday afternoon. Investigation into the explosion and occupant of the apartment. (Kelly Simon/The Daily Citizen via AP)

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a team of explosive experts has successfully detonated volatile chemicals at a Beaver Dam apartment where a man was killed in an explosion earlier this week.

Police Chief John Kreuziger says Wednesday’s detonation eliminated “the threatening explosive material.” Kreuziger says sandbags were placed in the apartment to minimize the impact of the controlled explosion, which he says caused less severe damage than expected.

The man’s body was removed from the building Tuesday night. His name has not been released.

Some tenants at the complex have been displaced since Monday’s explosion. The police chief says some tenants will be able to return to their apartments Wednesday and Thursday.

Kreuziger says the investigation involving federal, state and local authorities continues into why the man possessed a significant amount of explosives.

Update hourly