October 24, 2014

More illegal chemicals – fireworks found inside Ralston home

Agents with the FBI and ATF raided a home in Ralston today and found chemical compounds inside.

ATF Agent John Ham says, “To have this amount of chemical explosive precursors in a residential area where your neighbor’s houses are within 10 to 15 yards is certainly not a safe situation.”

An area around 72nd and Washington Streets closed as safety officials cleared out those chemicals and fireworks stored inside the home.

At the same house nine years ago, Josh Berger was 13 and enjoying the day swimming in a backyard pool when an illegal firework landed in the water. Berger suffered critical injuries and was hospitalized for more than a month. The homeowner, Jeff Belmont was sentenced to jail time and probation.