Prosecutors have just released hundreds of disturbing photos of an apartment belonging to James Holmes, who’s spending life in prison for killing a dozen people at a midnight premiere of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.”
“This apartment was designed to kill,” said Oates, as noted by USA Today.
Initially a robot was sent into the apartment to investigate and spray water on the explosives.
Wires were strewn about the apartment linking different explosives. Oates told The Denver Post the devices were “pretty sophisticated,” adding that “we could be here for days.”
A mixture of bullets, gunpowder, and a flammable liquid were wired to explode in Holmes’ apartment.
Among the improvised devices were 30 homemade grenades.
Holmes’ living room was littered with lighter fluid, containers of gasoline, and gunpowder.
These images are jarring. However, Army veteran Gary Smith, an explosives expert with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, whose team worked to diffuse the many bombs, told NBC that, “I really wasn’t too scared.”
During the investigation, an unnamed official told CNN that if the devices went off “you would have an explosion that would knock down the wall of (nearby) apartments.” He added, “That flame would have consumed the entire third floor.”
Authorities say that there were 10 gallons of gasoline in different containers throughout the apartment.