The FBI and ATF have cleared all the homes on Albans between Hazard and Wilton because they may have to set off controlled explosions of hazardous material found inside a home near Rice Village.
The FBI raided the house Sunday. Residents said it is the same home that the FBI went into four years ago.
At the time, the homeowner’s son pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “Not conforming to storage of explosive materials” and he had to pay a fine of $160,000.
That raid four years ago included three other homes, but neighbors here say it’s different this time.
They tell us that other raid did not end with controlled explosions at this house on Albans.
FBI so far has not connected the activity on Albans to that other raid, but residents say it’s the same house and while the street has been cleared, no other streets were evacuated.
Some who live near here are very worried now that the police are warning of controlled explosions.
“They are down there with robots and all this stuff and, I mean, I am sure they are being safe for the neighborhood, but if they felt the need to go in with robots they might have wanted to tell some of us about it,” resident Steve Marshall said.
According to the FBI, the ATF and the police and fire department on scene here, due to the volatile nature of the hazardous materials these detonations may create loud noises and smoke and the potential to damage property.