Sheriff explains why deceased 81-year-old New Mexico scientist had explosive chemicals (video).

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned why a retired Sandia…

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned why a retired Sandia Labs scientist may have been building bombs in the East Mountains before he died.

KOB first reported this weekend about the makeshift lab discovered near Estancia.

Now the Sheriff of Torrance County said it could be a long time before these chemicals are cleaned up.

Sheriff Heath White said it appears former Sandia Labs scientist, 81-year-old David O’Keefe spent his retirement on the outskirts of Estancia on state road 41, continuing his work up until he died a few months ago.

“He was trying to make a new type of explosive so he was experimenting with different chemicals and different compounds to make that explosive,” White said.

Source: KBOB

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