Transcript for Alabama Hostage Crisis: Ethan Home for His Birthday
ethan, as he celebrates his sixth birthday at home today. We're learning details of the daring fbi raid on the underground bunker. Gio benitez is in midland city, alabama. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Good morning, george. These details are riveting. We were shocked to learn that just feet away from us, from all of the reporters, law enforcement officers were training to take out their suspect. Abc news has learned bomb technicians have found two homemade explosives where the little boy named ethan was being held. One inside this homemade bunker. Another inside this white vent ration pipe negotiators were using to communicate with hostagetaker, jimmy lee dykes. New photos show the entrance to the makeshift underground cell. Sources say this is where the raid went down monday, after negotiators convinced dykes to approach the bunker hatch around 3:00 p.M. Police knew he was armed. But sources say dykes had also fortified the door. Fbi agents quickly set off an explosion. And a firefight began. Abc news has learned, dykes fired on the agents first. They fired back. Moments later, dykes was dead and little ethan was rushed from the bunker. In split-seconds, flash, bang, shoot, before mr. Dykes would have an opportunity to react. Reporter: Sources say that's exactly what fbi agents did, rehearsing the raid not far from where the boy was being held. You can see the mock bunker the fbi built to train for different scenarios. You can practice breaching the door. You can practice having a camera inside. And ultimately design how you're going to assault this bunker. Reporter: This morning, thanks to that raid, ethan is with his family. Today is his sixth birthday. In a statement, his mother calls him, the most beautiful sight. Saying, how incredible it is to hold him again. And now, little ethan appears to be back to normal. As we said, he's been watching one of his favorite programs, "spongebob squarepants." Gio, thank you very much. We have the latest on the shocking death of legendary
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