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Owners of SD bomb house seek $500,000

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The owners of a so-called bomb house in San Diego County are seeking $500,000 in compensation.

The Escondido house was destroyed last month after authorities found it packed with bomb-making materials. Authorities said the materials were too dangerous to remove.

The homeowners have filed a claim with the county seeking compensation based on the home's market value.

County officials say because they considered the situation an emergency, compensation isn't required, but a formal response has yet to be issued. The owners could sue if the claim is rejected.

The home's tenant, 54-year-old George Jakubec, has pleaded not guilty to bank robbery and making destructive devices.