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Hazmat arrest warrant: Callahan said he made bomb for Stones' Keith Richards

Published 8:20 am, Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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  • Joseph C. Callahan, 69, was charged Monday with 11 counts llegal possession of explosives and several other charges in connection with a hazmat incident last week at his 1625 Bronson Road property where police said they found a cache of potentially explosive materials as well as guns, ammunition and chemicals. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    Joseph C. Callahan, 69, was charged Monday with 11 counts llegal possession of explosives and several other charges in connection with a hazmat incident last week at his 1625 Bronson Road property where police said they found a cache of potentially explosive materials as well as guns, ammunition and chemicals. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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When police entered Joseph C. Callahan's Bronson Road home last week, he freely discussed the array of potentially explosive chemicals he had collected in his house, according to warrant for his arrest

When officers asked about large containers in his garage, which contained about 100 pounds of a substance Callahan identified as ammonium nitrate, he couldn't have been more helpful.

"That's the chemical used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing," police said he explained to officers dispatched to the 1625 Bronson Road home Oct. 1.

Then he pointed to vats that he said contained the same kind of chemicals used in the Oklahoma City bombing, according to the arrest warrant affidavit made public Tuesday.

Callahan also talked to police about how he likes to build rockets and had detonation cords in his house, the warrant states.

Callahan also said he was making a bomb for rocker Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, according to the warrant, which allegedly was in the garage next to the spray tank. Callahan couldn't remember if he had attached a fuse to it yet, the warrant says.

Richards, who lives in Weston, was unavailable for comment, said his publicist at L.D. Communications of London.

The 69-year-old Callahan was charged Monday with multiple counts of illegal possession of explosives and first-degree reckless endangerment, and one count of the manufacture of bombs.

Free on bond, Callahan is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 16 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.

Callahan's lawyer, Richard Meehan, said Tuesday he hadn't seen the arrest report and couldn't comment on it.

"He is a delightful gentleman who never had any intention to make a bomb and never intended to hurt anybody," Meehan said.

The arrest report notes that police visited Callahan's home in lower Greenfield Hill twice on Oct. 1.

Callahan's wife, Mary, from whom he is apparently estranged, called police early that day, saying she had not spoken to him in over a day and asking officers to check on him. The first time officers checked, they said everything seemed fine.

Later that day, Callahan himself called police, complaining that he thought someone had broken into his home and stolen prescription pills and a check.

Police determined that no burglary had occurred, but while walking through the white clapboard Colonial officers said they saw a rifle case lying on the living room floor, the affidavit states. Later, police said they found 274 guns -- most of them rifles -- on the property, all legally owned by Callahan.

Officers went into the detached garage after detecting a strong chemical smell.

In talking to officers, police said Callahan admitted to taking prescription medications, along with a mixture of medications that had not been prescribed for him, according to the warrant, but he said he is a chemist and knows how to order medications from the Internet.

Callahan also told officers he made homemade explosive devices by filling tubes with flash powder and attaching a fuse on his basement work bench, the warrant states. Police found several homemade explosive devices there and other explosive devices elsewhere in the house, according to the warrant.

Neighbor Tom Bruderman told officers he was concerned Callahan might blow up the neighborhood, according to the police report.

Even though the guns are owned legally by Callahan, Meehan said he agreed to turn them over to police.

"We are making efforts to cooperate with police and the state's attorney's office," he added.