CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (CBS13) ―
Jun 22, 2009 12:21 pm US/Pacific
Bug Bomb Explosion Rocks Apartment Complex
Three Citrus Heights families are without a home after an explosion rocked their apartment complex apparently because one of the tenants was tired of the cockroaches.
The Sacramento Metro Fire Department says nearly a million dollars in damage was caused when Tone Pina set off a number of bug bombs in his apartment.
"He told me the pests were getting on his kids at nighttime and he just wanted them gone and I can understand that," said Sacramento Metro Fire Capt. Christian Pebbles.
Tone says he used 8 to 10 foggers, but Sacramento Metro Fire says they found evidence of up to 18 bug bombs in an apartment that called for one or two at the most.
The foggers somehow found an ignition source, possibly the refrigerator, causing an explosion that left the building with serious structural damage. Sac Metro Fire says the force of the blast caused the wall to become disconnected from the roof and blew out the windows sending glass flying.
"I've never seen anything like this from a bug bomb explosion in my significant career," said Pebbles.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. Tone's family along with two others are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Sacramento Metro Fire is reminding people to read the instructions when working with flammable products.
Despite, the explosion and bug bombs, live cockroaches can still be seen in the apartment.
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