UPDATE: Explosive materials neutralized, most residents return home in Beaver Dam

UPDATE: Explosive materials neutralized, most residents return home in Beaver Dam

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Most residents living at Glen Village Apartments in Beaver Dam received the okay to return home Wednesday night after days of being evacuated following an explosion and the discovery of explosive materials in one of the apartments Monday night.

However, there are still many unanswered questions about the man found dead inside the apartment.

 “We are definitely very happy to be able to go home," said Glen Village Apartments resident Tyler Pirelli.

Louis Holz, who also lives in the apartment complex, says the last few days haven't been easy.

"We’ve been transporting back and forth going to Fond du Lac and Rosendale, back down here," Holz said. "Traveling for work, missing the kids a lot. Good to be going back home."

After more than 48 hours, most residents displaced from their homes were told it was safe to return, except those who live in the same building where the explosives were found Monday.

This comes after several law enforcement agencies collaborated to execute a controlled explosion Wednesday afternoon to destroy the threat inside an apartment filled with homemade volatile explosive devices.

Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger says Wednesday's controlled explosion went better than expected and did not cause as much damage as anticipated.

“The controlled detonation of the highly explosive materials took place at 1:31 p.m. today," Kreuziger said. "The operation was a success.”

FBI officials say the body of the deceased 28-year-old man inside the apartment was pulled out, along with critical evidence prior to the controlled explosion, but they are tight-lipped about the investigation and the man inside.

“The subject of the residence hasn’t been positively identified, so at the time when we have a positive identification, we can speak more to that," FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said. 

Pirelli, who lives in an adjacent building from the apartment, says it does make him feel a little uneasy thinking about potential plans being devised so close to him.

“Kind of a queasy feeling knowing what happened recently and having the feeling that it might not be home anymore," Pirelli said. 

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