ROSWELL, Ga. (WXIA) -- There was a fatal explosion Monday in the home of a man who has been embroiled in a battle with the Roswell City Council over the right to keep chickens in his yard.
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Fulton County marshals arrived at the home of Andrew Wordes at 335 Alpine Drive with an eviction notice Monday morning. Wordes warned them to back off, according to Marshal Antonio Johnson.
"We didn't go in showing force or anything," said Fulton Co. Marshal Antonio Johnson. "We just went to the door and tried to comjunicate with him regarding the eviction."
Shortly before the explosion, Wordes called a reporter to find out if his lawn was clear of law enforcement personnel. In a recording of the conversation, Wordes warns "it's not going to be pretty." The explosion took place moments later, blowing debris into the front lawn.
Investigators are trying to figure out if Wordes detonated the explosion purposefully.
According to Deputy Chief Paul Piccirelli of Roswell Fire and EMS, a body was recovered from the house. Officials with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office say an identificiation of the body could take days, but could come as early as Tuesday.
Friends say Wordes drained his resources fighting city hall over the chickens and other code infractions. A bank had foreclosed on his house, forcing the eviction attempt Monday.
As the controversy dragged on, Wordes became more publicly militant. His Facebook page calls him "Andrew AKfortyseven Wordes." The site lists his favorite quote as "sometimes I think violence is underrated."