Skip to comments.Photos reveal inside look at East Austin tunnel home
Posted on 05/18/2010 4:52:00 PM PDT by Cindy
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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"
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Damn! I used to work with Jose del Rio! (different guy, I’m sure)
A rightwing radical?
Obama’s Hope and change inspired him !! ;-)
I get it now...
He was a fan of “Der Untergand”, and wanted his own scale replica of the Furherbunker...
Like 19 is a large number.
Sounds more like a survivalist than a terrorist.
There was a guy in Chicago who built a nuclear bunker under his house and did a much better job.
In Texas, 19 guns is called your hall closet stash.
Sounds like a typical nutjob to me—LOL!
So they’re hunting this guy for being a mole?
Also those batteries and acetylene and O2 are unexpected.
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.
Other than building codes, what exactly did he do that was illegal?
Being stupid isn’t a crime.
He could have been digging a tunnel to Mexico.
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.
Code violations? Why that dirdy bird... (in my best Indian accent...)
This does sound problematic, but I think they’re over-blowing it considerably.
Steve, I agree.
No medal involved, so I doubt that.
The Obama administration is living proof of that.
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.
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.
Except maybe violating building codes, I don't see what he has done is entirely wrong..........
If he’s not hurting anybody, what’s the problem?
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.
Yahbut he has CHEMICALS too!! / s
Couldn’t the town hit him up for additional property taxes on the improvements?
And they will all be rusty pieces of junk. Tunnels and caves are DAMP.
Just getting ready for the Zombies.
Like your tag line, very true.
It’s a long dig from Austin to Mexico!!
ON THE INTERNET:
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 Rios legal firearms while he is unable to re-enter his home. We didnt confiscate anything, Perry said.”
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?
Tunnel to Mexico?
In that case they’ll let him go.
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!
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!
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.”
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.
“on of the” should be “one of the”
At what point when digging a hole does it require permission from the Government in the form of a permit?
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