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Apartment explosion

Law enforcement officials watch the planned detonation inside apartment 11 at 109 Knaup Drive Beaver Dam where explosive materials were destroyed Wednesday afternoon. The explosive materials were discovered in the apartment after a fatal explosion Monday afternoon. Investigation into the explosion and occupant of the apartment.

There was a loud boom and burst of flame as bomb squad experts used a "controlled detonation" to destroy explosive chemicals inside an apartment in Beaver Dam Wednesday afternoon.

A blast blew out the windows in unit 11 at 109 Knaup Drive around 1 p.m. Monday and led to evacuation of the buildings in and near the Village Glen apartments.

Officials worked for two days to remove hazardous materials that remained in apartment following a fatal explosion Monday. Wednesday they decided the safest way to handle the situation would be to have a "controlled detonation" to destroy the items.

Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger conducted a press conference Wednesday morning with FBI special agent in charge Justin Tolomeo and Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt.

Kreuziger identified the man fatally killed in the apartment as the occupant. He has been described as someone who moved to the area a couple of months ago to rent the apartment. Explosive items were found in the garage he was renting as well as the apartment.

“They are highly volatile homemade bombs that can’t be removed,” Kreuziger said.

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Law enforcement officials watch the planned detonation inside apartment 11 at 109 Knaup Drive Beaver Dam where explosive materials were destroyed Wednesday afternoon. The explosive materials were discovered in the apartment after a fatal explosion Monday afternoon. Investigation into the explosion and occupant of the apartment.

Beaver Dam Police are working with the FBI. Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, the Dane County Bomb Squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been at the scene.

Nicole Barlow and her 9-month daughter Evelyn live in one of the buildings across the courtyard.

“We managed to get out but my son passed away in 2016 and his ashes are still in that apartment,” Barlow said.

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Bombs in Village Glen apartment to be detonated today

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt writes down information for Dee Groh while her daughter Nicole Barlow comforts her 9-month-old daughter Evelyn. The family has been out of their apartment since the Monday explosion at Village Glen and learned during Wednesday's press conference that the bombs in the apartment would be detonated since they are too volatile to remove.

At the time of the explosion Monday, Barlow said she heard the loud noise and was able to comfort Evelyn as she saw the damage in the courtyard with the blinds hanging out the window and emergency personnel running to the scene.

“We were at Walmart at around 6 p.m. and were told we’d have to evacuate the apartment as well,” Barlow said. “Thankfully we were able to get out, but my son’s ashes are still in there.”

A press conference will be held at 4 p.m. to update the public after the detonation.