FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield resident Joseph Callahan told police when they arrived at his Bronson Road home on Oct. 1 that he had the same chemicals used in the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 1993 World Trade Bombing.
Callahan was arrested Monday and charged with 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, one count of manufacturing bombs and six counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree.
According to the arrest warrant, Callahan told police that he had between 50 and 100 pounds of ammonium nitrate and “other various chemicals” but that the ammonium was the strongest chemical he had in the house. He also admitted to building rockets and that he had aviation fuel and detonation cords in his house.
Police were initially called to Callahan’s house on a report that someone had broken into his home and stolen prescription pills and a personal check. While investigating the house, officers smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the detached garage.
A neighbor of Callahan told police that they needed to go into Callahan’s garage, “Because he felt that Callahan had enough powdered liquids and gasoline in the garage to blow up the neighborhood.” In the garage, officers found bottles of commercially labeled chemicals, some labeled in large blue and white drums with hand written labels.
During the search of the house, police found numerous containers of a high octane racing fuel, equaling around 150 gallons of a Class 1 flammable liquid. A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection field test was positive for a petroleum product. Many of the containers were unapproved for holding that type of liquid. And state statute says that any amount of 25 gallons of a Class 1 liquid at a house is illegal.
He reportedly also told police that he was building a bomb for "Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones which would be located in the garage” and was unsure if he had fused it.
Earlier that day, police had been called by Callahan’s ex-wife to check on him because she knew he was a prescription drug user and had not heard from him in over a day. Initial reports say that he told police he was not taking any medications.
“Callahan admitted to taking numerous prescription medications at night along with a mixture of medications that are not prescribed to him. Callahan stated he is a chemist and knows how to order prescription medications from the internet,” the arrest warrant stated.
He was taken to St. Vincents Hospital after he was determined to be a danger to himself. He reportedly admitted to taking prescription drugs not prescribed to him, police report he was speaking erratically, he was living in a home with a large amount of guns, chemicals and explosives, told police that he played with explosives as a hobby, said he was married to his ex-wife for only two years when they had been married for 15 and his ex-wife’s statement that he sometimes believed his dead mother was living with him.
Fairfield fire and hazmat teams are working with a third party to remove the chemicals from the house. A condition of Callahan's release was that the assist first responders in the removal of the chemicals.