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Man claims he was making a bomb for Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, arrest warrant says

Authorities responding to Joseph Callahan's home in Fairfield, Conn. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.
Erik Kalapir, courtesy of the Fairfield Fire Department via CBS Connecticut
(CBS/AP) FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Joseph Callahan, a Fairfield, Conn. man charged with possessing explosives, claimed to have detonation cords for rockets and chemicals used in the bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993 and a federal office building in Oklahoma City in 1995, according to police.

The 69-year-old Callahan also claimed to be making a bomb for Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards, according to an arrest warrant.

Callahan was charged Monday with 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, reckless endangerment and manufacture of bombs. He is free on bond and scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 16 in Bridgeport Superior Court, the Connecticut Post reported.

His lawyer, Richard Meehan, said he had not seen the arrest report and would not 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.

Police say they visited Callahan's home twice on Tuesday Oct. 1. Callahan's ex-wife, Mary, called police early that day, saying she had not spoken to him in more than a day and asking them to check on him.

They checked and everything seemed fine, the police report said.

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

Police determined that no burglary had occurred. But they saw a rifle case on the living room floor and found 142 guns in the home, according to the report. All were registered to Callahan.

Callahan said he played with explosives as a hobby and told officers he built homemade explosive devices by filling tubes with flash powder and attaching a fuse on his basement workbench. Police said they found several such devices there and an additional 112 explosive devices in other areas of the house.

  • Crimesider Staff

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