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Photos reveal inside look at East Austin tunnel home
KVUE.com ^

Posted on 05/18/2010 4:52:00 PM PDT by Cindy

Note: Video and photos included at link.

Photos reveal inside look at East Austin tunnel home

by NOELLE NEWTON / KVUE News Posted on May 18, 2010 at 5:34 PM Updated today at 6:14 PM

SNIPPET: "The City of Austin Tuesday released photos of the web of tunnels a man dug underneath his East Austin home.

Under the yellow home are three stories of tunnels. For at least two years, neighbors suspected owner Jose Del Rio was up to something strange, but had no idea just how busy he'd been."

SNIPPET: "On Tuesday, the city released pictures from below taken by code compliance officers. Del Rio apparently used ladders to travel from level to level."

SNIPPET: "According to a search warrant executed on May 8th, officers found 19 guns down there, ammunition, batteries and chemicals"

(Excerpt) Read more at kvue.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ammo; austin; banglist; batteries; chemicals; delrio; eastaustin; guns; josedelrio; rio; texas; tunnel; tunnels; tx

1 posted on 05/18/2010 4:52:00 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Damn! I used to work with Jose del Rio! (different guy, I’m sure)


2 posted on 05/18/2010 4:53:26 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Cindy

A rightwing radical?

/s


3 posted on 05/18/2010 4:54:41 PM PDT by bergmeid (Fumigate Washington NOW)
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To: Cindy

Obama’s Hope and change inspired him !! ;-)


4 posted on 05/18/2010 4:56:14 PM PDT by 2aberro
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To: Cindy

I get it now...

He was a fan of “Der Untergand”, and wanted his own scale replica of the Furherbunker...


5 posted on 05/18/2010 4:56:53 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: Cindy
"..officers found 19 guns down there.."

Like 19 is a large number.

6 posted on 05/18/2010 4:56:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Cindy

Sounds more like a survivalist than a terrorist.


7 posted on 05/18/2010 4:57:07 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cindy

There was a guy in Chicago who built a nuclear bunker under his house and did a much better job.


8 posted on 05/18/2010 4:58:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Paladin2

In Texas, 19 guns is called your hall closet stash.


9 posted on 05/18/2010 4:59:31 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Cindy
The dude was no structural engineer - that is FOR SURE.
10 posted on 05/18/2010 4:59:40 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Cicero

Sounds like a typical nutjob to me—LOL!


11 posted on 05/18/2010 5:01:40 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Cindy

So they’re hunting this guy for being a mole?


12 posted on 05/18/2010 5:02:21 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: mnehring
Well, 19 IS a prime number. Likely dangerous just because of that.

Also those batteries and acetylene and O2 are unexpected.

13 posted on 05/18/2010 5:02:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Cicero

Not to smart of a survivalist. From looking at the pictures, it looks like if a garbage truck drove by too quickly, it would all cave in. If that doesn’t kill him, a good rainstorm would flood it or the fumes from those batteries would get him.


14 posted on 05/18/2010 5:02:26 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Paladin2

Other than building codes, what exactly did he do that was illegal?

Being stupid isn’t a crime.


15 posted on 05/18/2010 5:03:11 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

He could have been digging a tunnel to Mexico.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 5:04:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Cindy
Strange, a similar case was reported in Yuma AZ. It was also three levels deep with an unknown function.

http://www.yumasun.com/news/room-60891-yuma-building.html

17 posted on 05/18/2010 5:05:13 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Cindy
All i can tell he did wrong was it wasn't permitted.

that neighbor sounded like an id10t.
"things could of exploded"
What like a car battery or welding tanks that are usually used in small areas like a garage.

I don't see the big deal in this. other then him not communicating in good relations with his neighbors.

18 posted on 05/18/2010 5:06:55 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Cindy

Code violations? Why that dirdy bird... (in my best Indian accent...)

This does sound problematic, but I think they’re over-blowing it considerably.


19 posted on 05/18/2010 5:10:31 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

Steve, I agree.


20 posted on 05/18/2010 5:11:25 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: Paladin2

No medal involved, so I doubt that.


21 posted on 05/18/2010 5:11:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: mnehring

The Obama administration is living proof of that.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 5:12:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: Cindy

So he had a search warrent issued for violating building codes? And he was (gasp) a gun owner? Remember, according to the cap and trade legislation worming its way though the halls of power none of us will be able to sell our houses until the property is thoroughly inspected by EPA officials and brought up to the proper ‘green’ standards. Of course, once they are in the house they could find anything.


23 posted on 05/18/2010 5:12:57 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Paladin2

I can find a lot more at the police department and gun stores and probably a lot of other folks’ homes.

If you know how many you have, you don’t have enough.


24 posted on 05/18/2010 5:13:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Cindy
Maybe he was a regular lurker on the running Survival thread........

Except maybe violating building codes, I don't see what he has done is entirely wrong..........

25 posted on 05/18/2010 5:18:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: Cindy

If he’s not hurting anybody, what’s the problem?


26 posted on 05/18/2010 5:19:48 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Except maybe violating building codes, I don't see what he has done is entirely wrong..........

I was thinking the same thing, in fact I would ask to fill out the permits and continue working. It's probably going to be a bomb shelter or extended cellar. Those batteries are commonly used for 110 volt lights.

27 posted on 05/18/2010 5:32:38 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: mnehring
Fool, everyone knows if you want to live underground you should do it like they do in Coober Pedy...
28 posted on 05/18/2010 5:36:11 PM PDT by Woodman
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To: Paladin2
Like 19 is a large number.

Yahbut he has CHEMICALS too!! / s

29 posted on 05/18/2010 5:39:01 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Cindy

Couldn’t the town hit him up for additional property taxes on the improvements?


30 posted on 05/18/2010 5:46:46 PM PDT by ryderann
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To: Paladin2
"..officers found 19 guns down there.."

And they will all be rusty pieces of junk. Tunnels and caves are DAMP.

31 posted on 05/18/2010 5:48:20 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: basil

Just getting ready for the Zombies.

Like your tag line, very true.


32 posted on 05/18/2010 5:50:15 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Cindy

It’s a long dig from Austin to Mexico!!


33 posted on 05/18/2010 6:18:49 PM PDT by exbrit
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ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/tunnels/index

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/tunnel/index


34 posted on 05/18/2010 6:30:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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UPDATE:

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/05/18/consultants_fill_in_east_austi.html?cxntfid=blogs_the_blotter

Consultants: Fill in East Austin bunker”
By Jeremy Schwartz | Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 03:30 PM

SNIPPET: “Last week, a police SWAT team, bomb squad and fire search and rescue team searched the home for more than four hours after a visit to the home from code officials. The search yielded weapons, inert grenades and empty 55-gallon barrels.”

SNIPPET: “Martinez said officials are also concerned about potentially hazardous materials found in the bunker, including compressed gas tanks and lead acid batteries.”

SNIPPET: “Del Rio has not been charged with any code violations, Martinez said.

Austin police said Tuesday that Del Rio is not the subject of a criminal investigation. Austin police Cpl. Scott Perry said the Police Department is storing a number of Del Rio’s legal firearms while he is unable to re-enter his home. “We didn’t confiscate anything,” Perry said.”


35 posted on 05/18/2010 6:39:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Steve Van Doorn
"things could of exploded"

If they had, the neighbors might not have noticed. We blew three 41 lb shaped charges in a VC tunnel and it only sounded like the cap & det cord blew.

Not much evidence on the surface, other than a puff of dirt from an air vent hole. Of course, they were about 75 yards back in from the entrance. But they did blow a nice 8-10 foot hole in the ceiling of the tunnel! :-)

Another question: Does the City of Austin Building Code cover tunnel digging? Do you need electrical outlets every 6 feet? GFCI? Green sheetrock, or will regular 1/2" do?

36 posted on 05/18/2010 6:39:22 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Paladin2

Tunnel to Mexico?

In that case they’ll let him go.


37 posted on 05/18/2010 6:39:51 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Cindy
It's a diversion.

Well they found Tom and Del Rios,..but they haven't found Harry or Dick or Jaime or Jose.

We'll press forward with Harry with every thing we got!

38 posted on 05/18/2010 6:50:40 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cindy

Behold, the Underminer! I'm always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me! I hereby declare war on peace and happiness! Soon, all will tremble before me!


39 posted on 05/18/2010 7:53:26 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Heh heh, right at the end of the movie, when I was thinking, “Wait a minute, I haven’t heard John Ratzenberger’s voice, yet.”


40 posted on 05/18/2010 7:55:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BwanaNdege
“Another question: Does the City of Austin Building Code cover tunnel digging? Do you need electrical outlets every 6 feet? GFCI? Green sheetrock, or will regular 1/2” do?”

Zoning codes are some of the most UnAmerican law that exists.

At least on of the “model” codes that is widely copied around the country states in the opening paragraph that anything that is not allowed by the code is illegal, thus setting the standard American philosophy of “anything that is not prohibited is allowed” on its head.

41 posted on 05/18/2010 8:24:38 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; BwanaNdege
ditto what marktwain said.
Building codes make it so building small starter houses can not be produced today. it is so unfair to new buyers it is unreal. Digging a hole is plain and simply cost prohibitive.
42 posted on 05/18/2010 8:32:55 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: marktwain

“on of the” should be “one of the”


43 posted on 05/18/2010 9:12:01 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Cindy

At what point when digging a hole does it require permission from the Government in the form of a permit?


44 posted on 05/19/2010 6:06:52 AM PDT by sbhitchc (Check your premise, contradictions do not exist -Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sabastien D'anconia)
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To: Cindy

45 posted on 05/19/2010 6:12:26 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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