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Thursday
Oct102013

Give Him Shelter!: Connecticut Man Says He Was Making a Bomb Intended for Keith Richards

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesTalk about a bigger bang!  A 69-year-old man from Fairfield, Connecticut, was arrested on Monday after police discovered a variety of explosive devices and guns in his home, including a bomb apparently intended for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

According to the Connecticut Post, police first visited Joseph Callahan on October 1 when his ex-wife called the authorities to ask them to check in on her former spouse, who she said she hadn't heard from for more than a day.  Police initially found nothing amiss, but things changed after Callahan himself called to report that he believed that someone had broken into his home and stolen some of his prescription medicines.

While officers were investigating, they noticed large containers in his garage, which Callahan revealed contained ammonium nitrate.  Callahan also pointed out that there was a large bomb that he was building in his garage that was intended for Richards, who has lives in nearby Weston, Connecticut.  He added that he didn't remember if he'd attached a fuse to the device.

Callahan also was possession of 142 guns, all of which reportedly were registered.  The Connecticut Post reports that, according to arrest documents, he told police that playing with explosives was one of his hobbies.  Callahan also admitted that he was taking a variety of prescribed and nonprescription medications.

Charges against Callahan include 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, six counts of reckless endangerment and one count of bomb manufacturing.  He currently is free on band and will be arraigned at an October 16 hearing at a Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Richards' publicist tells the Connecticut Post that the rocker was not available to comment on the incident.

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