June 20, 2009
Dude in Oregon damn near blew himself to bits the other day. Clearly, not a graduate of explosives camp.
“About the last three weeks, there’s been like big, big bangs,” said neighbor Bobbie Hall. “I thought maybe they were celebrating or something and I thought it was like a shotgun.”
Carmona said he has known Hibler for 12 years. While he said Hibler may have an interest in explosives, he doesn’t believe Hibler was making a bomb for mass destruction.
“I truly believe he wasn’t making a device to hurt anybody,” Carmona said.
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“He liked to make a big noise and apparently he told one of the kids he was going to make him a little firework thing,” neighbor Charlotte Scott said.
Hibler lives with his mother and sister. Neighbors said he had a similar accident a few years ago, which prompted his mother to ask him not to make fireworks this year.
“Some of us have harder heads than others and don’t get the message the first time,” Scott said.
—”Evacuation Still In Effect Near Salem Home: Hazardous Materials Being Removed from Home, kptv.com, June 18, 2009
It took them two days to clear the house of explosives. Also, um, they found a bunch of pot plants.