FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield police department arrested Fairfield resident Joseph Callahan, 65, Monday for making and possessing explosive devices.
Callahan was charged with 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, one count of manufacturing bombs and six counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree.
Police officers were called to Callahan's Bronson Road home Tuesday, Oct. 1 after he said that he thought there was someone who broke into his house. Upon further investigation police found a large amount of chemicals and over 270 guns in the house.
Assistant Police Chief Chris Lyddy said that the explosives in the house had the fire power between a stick of dynamite and a commercially available M-80.
The Fairfield County Hazardous Material response team was called to the home and personnel from local state and federal agencies were on hand to help with the scene.
"The DEEP removed all flammable liquids and one unsealed container," Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner said. "The area is secure."
The fire department is working with a licensed chemist, Felner said, to compile a list of all the chemicals that are still at the house. Each container is sealed and labeled, which means that is not a direct threat to the environment or surroundings.
Callahan was released as long as the terms of his release, cooperating with authorities to remediate his property, are complied with. Fire officials says that he is cooperating fully and is offering to help in quickly and safely remove and dispose of any chemicals that the Fire Marshal’s office and the state DEEP deem hazardous.
The reasons behind Callahan creating the bombs are not known at this time.
He is due at Bridgeport Superior Court on Oct. 16