On the evening of April 14 between 7:30 and 8 p.m., a California neighborhood in Costa Mesa was rocked after a man allegedly blew himself up inside his home. Here’s five fast facts you need to know about this incident and what led to this suicide explosion.
1. The Man Was First Found Lying on His Lawn Unresponsive
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Neighbors in the surrounding area reportedly saw a man (said to be 52-years-old) lying on the front lawn of his home around 5:45 p.m.. When they found him to be unresponsive, an ambulance was called in to assist him. However, he refused their help and chose to return inside his home. The place of residence for the man is located on the 3100 block of Bermuda Drive, which can be seen in the above map.
2. After Entering His Home, He Blew Himself Up
A huge explosion was heard about an hour after the man entered the home. Authorities received a second phone call about the man and his home at 7:44 p.m. When emergency personnel arrived at the home once again, they found the man lying dead in his home’s doorway. He apparently committed suicide by setting off some sort of homemade explosive device. Laurie Raphoon, a neighbor of the man, spoke to CBS and gave a description of what she heard:
We were in the house when we heard the explosion. We always hear fireworks or whatever and didn’t think much of it until the cops showed up.
Raphoon also spoke with NBC Los Angeles about what occurred:
Neighbors were trying to convince him to go to the hospital. An hour or two later we heard an explosion.
A CBS News video report on this story can be seen above.
3. He Had A Strong Dislike for the Government
According to police, the man who committed this suicide act also had a strong distaste for the American government. No specific reason was given for his negative feelings toward the government. Neighbor George Lampert spoke to CBS and had this to say about the man’s government hating behavior:
He had a little newsletter that he would put out in front his house, kind of an anti-government-type thing.
4. Authorities Found Another Bomb in the House
The FBI, the O.C. Sheriff’s Department, the O.C. Fire Authority, Costa Mesa fire and police team, plus a Huntington Beach hazmat team all searched the scene. Sgt. Jerry Hildeman told CBS that “authorities have obtained a search warrant for the property and have found at least one additional explosive device in the home.” Authorities are still searching the home for any additional explosive devices before they render the home safe. KTLA noted that 16 separate homes in the neighborhood were evacuated as a safety precaution.
5. Local Police Knew The Man
KTLA reported that local police knew of the man, but he was never the cause of any serious incidents in his neighborhood.