$1 million bond set for bomb-hoarding Aurora man

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Michael Grover was arrested after police said he admitted to having bomb making materials in his back shed. (Photo: Aurora police)

Michael Grover was arrested after police said he admitted to having bomb making materials in his back shed. (Photo: Aurora police)

AURORA, Colo. — Bond was set at $1 million Wednesday for a man who admitted having bomb making materials in his backyard while fire crews worked to extinguish a blaze at his Aurora home Tuesday night.

An Aurora judged granted the prosecution the high bond amount due to the amount of explosives found in Michael Grover’s residence during a number of searches Tuesday.

In addition to the bomb-making material Glover admitted to having in a backyard shed, authorities found more explosives in his house, including eight pipe bombs and a number of trip wires.

Crews spent most of Tuesday searching Grover’s home in the 1400 block of South Bahama Street, and evacuated several residents in the area over the course of the investigation.

Officers said there Grover has no clear motive for stockpiling explosives, but several neighbors say he seemed obsessed with survival and believed the world was going to end on Dec. 21, 2012.

“He seriously believed that it was going to happen,” neighbor Don Daniels said. “He was stocking up on guns and ammo and flak jackets. I had no idea about the explosives.  That’s a little unnerving.”