Police arrest resident in connection with Bronson Road incident

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Joseph Callahan

Fairfield police and the fire department responded on Oct. 1, at 4:20 p.m., to 1625 Bronson Road, a private residence, for a report of a burglary and possible hazardous materials at that location.

Personnel secured the scene and requested the assistance from federal, state and local agencies. It was determined by Connecticut State Police and CT DEEP that explosive and flammable materials found in the home needed to be removed for public safety.

The resident, Joseph Callahan, 69, was arrested at the Fairfield Police Department today, Oct. 7. Callahan was charged with 11 counts of Illegal possession of explosives, manufacturing bombs and six counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. A conditional promise to appear in court was issued in lieu of bond. The terms of his release are to cooperate with authorities to remediate his property. Callahan’s court date is Oct. 16.

Fire officials said Callahan is fully cooperating with the investigation and remediation by offering to do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely mitigate this situation, including authorizing the removal and disposal of any chemicals that the fire marshal’s office and the DEEP deem hazardous.

Police and fire officials and HazMat technicians will remain on scene to confirm compliance with all court orders.

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