Beaver Dam apartment building determined to be 'total loss' following deadly explosion

Officials: Explosive materials may still be inside

BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Officials have deemed an apartment building to be a total loss following an explosion Monday that killed a man in Beaver Dam, according to a release from the Beaver Dam Police Department. 

The apartment might still have remnant explosive materials inside the building at 109 Knaup Drive and officials said the only way to ensure public safety is its total removal, according to the release. Officials are making plans for the building's demolition. 

Beaver Dam police Chief John Kreuziger said there was a significant amount of sensitive homemade explosives inside the home, and it wasn't safe to enter. 

Authorities detonated materials at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. A loud boom was heard, and an explosion could be seen from the ground and via helicopter

Police haven't identified the man who died and are still investigating why the materials were in the home. Federal, state and local authorities are continuing to investigate.  

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