Texas City, Texas TATP Explosion Kills One, Injures Another

Investigative report by Doug Hagmann
director@homelandsecurityus.com

21 July 2006: A Texas City apartment complex was evacuated yesterday to allow a bomb squad to detonate explosives found in an apartment occupied by 21 year-old Matthew RUGO and his roommate, Curtis JETTON, also 21.. The two men were reportedly making triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, (a/k/a “Mother of Satan”), a favorite home-made type explosive material used by Islamic homicide bombers.

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Photograph courtesy of KEVIN BARTRAM: GALVESTON COUNTY DAILY NEWS

About 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Matthew RUGO AND Curtis JETTON were working with the combustible components inside of the apartment in the Lakeview Apartment Complex, 8801 Emmett F. Lowery Parkway, Texas City, Texas when the materials exploded, killing RUGO and injuring JETTON. Curtis JETTON was sent to UTMB with first-degree burns to his hands, treated, and taken into custody. He was charged with providing false information to authorities. JETTON, who is allegedly bipolar, moved in with RUGO about two weeks ago.

After assessing the situation, finding a “considerable amount of the explosives,” and realizing that they were too dangerous to move, the bomb squad and FBI explosive experts evacuated more than 100 residents of the apartment complex, and moved three dump trucks next to the apartment to provide a shield from the blast. A controlled detonation at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday neutralized the remaining explosives with little damage to the apartment complex. Evacuated residents were sent to the College of the Mainland that was used as a makeshift shelter.

The unit where the blast occurred was rented by Matthew RUGO’s mother; RUGO was a student at the College of the Mainland.
Officials would not comment about whether the men had any links to terrorism or what the substance might have been used for. The FBI, Texas City police and Houston police are investigating.