POLLOCK PINES –
“They said if it was 15 more gallons of propane it would have leveled the whole place,” Chris Huntsman told FOX40 while looking at the damage of his Pollock Pines home.
As bad as Huntsman’s home looks, it’s in better condition than the other side of the duplex, where his neighbor blew up his house.
“When he was saying all the terrorist threats and stuff and saying he was going to blow himself up, we were standing in the kitchen,” Huntsman said.
Unknown to Huntsman and his family at the time, that neighbor had called 911 and threatened to detonate just before 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
“I guess he lit the gas stove in the kitchen,” Huntsman said.
The first time he even knew anything was wrong is when a deputy approached him in his back yard.
“The cops pulled me out back and said ‘hey you’ve got to stay with me.’ I’m like ‘what do you mean?’, and they’re like ‘just get down’,” Huntsman recalled.
That’s right when the explosion happened.
“Then all of a sudden, boom! The whole wall went out and I got blown off my feet a little bit,” Huntsman said.
But Huntsman’s uncle and mother were still inside, and miraculously everyone survived.
“This wall blew in, and it blew my uncle and my mom. I think the only thing that saved their lives was the fridge,” Huntsman said.
While deputies still haven’t released the suspects name or his motive, word of why he did it quickly spread.
“I knew his girlfriend had broken up with him, and he had problems,” said neighbor Tim Wallace.
“I guess the whole thing was he beat her up and the cops were looking for him,” Huntsman guessed.
Huntsman believes it was a suicide attempt.
While he is angry his family almost got killed—most of their belongings were destroyed—he’s trying to focus on what’s really important.
“I don’t want to be angry right now. I’ve got to be happy that I’m alive. I’ve got to be happy that my family is alive,” said Huntsman.