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Owners of California bomb house seek $500,000

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January 5, 2011 11:13 AM EST | AP

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Owners of a California house that was burned because it was packed with bomb-making materials are seeking $500,000 in compensation.

The North County Times says a claim was filed with the county seeking compensation based on the value of the Escondido-area home and for the owners' distress.

A lawyer says the county considered the situation an emergency that doesn't require compensation but hasn't made a formal response. The owners could sue if the claim's rejected.

The house was destroyed last month. Unstable chemicals were found inside after a gardener stepped on explosive residue and was hurt.

Authorities said the materials were too dangerous to remove.

The home's tenant has pleaded not guilty to bank robbery and making destructive devices.


Information from: North County Times,