Pipe Bombs, Homemade Explosives Cause Explosion in Springwater
Updated: Friday, July 12 2013, 06:35 PM EDT
Springwater, N.Y. – Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies said a man who was stockpiling homemade bombs is in custody following an explosion inside his apartment in Springwater.
Investigators said they believe Joseph Martino, 34, was drying explosive material in his oven on Mill Street Thursday night when the material exploded; heavily damaging the oven.
Undersheriff James Szczesniak said Friday that 40 explosive devices including pipe bombs, containers of explosive material and firearms were found inside Martino’s home.
An official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said several jars of a chemical TATP were found in Martino's apartment. It's a form of acetone peroxide that can be purchased atdrug stores. ATF officials said it’s also a type of chemical associated with terror groups. Police said they do not believe Martino is tied to any groups.
Late Friday morning, authorities moved some of the explosive devices to a rural field in Springwater and detonated them.
They also believe there was another storage site in Livingston County where they found some materials. No word yet on a location.
Martino is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in the first degree.
He remains in the Livingston County jail with no bail.
Livingston County’s Undersheriff confirmed Martino was being evicted but said there's no reason to believe at this time that Martino was trying to damage the property because of that eviction.
Police said making bombs was Martino's hobby and this could have been far worse.
Several homes nearby were evacuated as a result of this investigation. At 2:30 p.m. Friday, the road was re-opened to traffic. Still no word when people will be allowed to return to their homes.