Detonation and fire possible at Colo. apartment

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Police use a video camera to look inside an apartment where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police and firefighters are trying to enter the booby trapped apartment of the man suspected of gunning down dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater.

Authorities say tripwires, ammunition and jars of accelerant are scattered in James Holmes' Aurora apartment.

Local agencies elicited the help of bomb experts in coming up with a plan to enter the apartment while keeping people safe and preserving evidence inside.

Officials positioned vehicles and personnel around the apartment building.

Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson told reporters Saturday morning that the first goal is to make the area safe, then remove items from the apartment that could explode.

That includes about 30 shells that will be placed in sand trucks and taken to a disposal site.

 
 
 

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