UCD says investigation of blast cost $23,000

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - 9:58 am

UC Davis has spent more than $23,000 so far related to the Jan. 17 apartment blast that sent chemistry researcher David Snyder to jail on allegations of making and storing explosives, according to university officials.

Snyder remains held in Yolo County custody in lieu of $2 million bail on 17 explosives and firearms counts linked to the blast.

The cost figures do not include expenses for chemical disposal and follow-up environmental tests, university spokeswoman Claudia Morain said.

Much of the $23,000 consists of overtime for police and firefighters. Costs are still accruing, Morain said.

The explosion early Jan. 17 inside Snyder's Russell Park apartment in Davis injured Snyder, forced the evacuation of more than 70 residents in the complex and brought bomb units from the Yolo, El Dorado and Placer county sheriff's departments, Sacramento police and the California Highway Patrol.

The bomb squads along with the FBI and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked for the next 20 hours securing the blast-damaged apartment and removing dangerous chemicals.

A bail hearing Friday in Yolo Superior Court revealed that investigators found several common explosives inside Snyder's home, including nitroglycerine and cyclonite, the primary ingredient in the military explosive C-4.

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