Residents Return After Explosives Collected From Apartment
Updated: Friday, July 12 2013, 05:36 PM EDT
Springwater, N.Y.--By mid-afternoon, residents along Mill Street in Springwater were given permission by sheriff's deputies to return to their homes.
This a day after 40 explosive devices were discovered in the apartment of 34-year-old Joseph Martino.
"We were told the explosives could level a whole street," said Aaron Motzer, a neighbor of Martino.
His family was among those living close to Martino's apartment who were evacuated around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.
"Just glad to be back home," said Wanda Ayers, another Mill Street resident.
By about 4:45 p.m. Friday, residents were cleared by police to return to their homes.
Outside of the Mill Street apartment building, a Department of Environmental Conservation worker was testing seven containers of an unmarked liquid found in Martino's apartment.
Just outside of Martino's apartment unit, a stack of full trash bags could be seen. It stood several feet high.
13WHAM News was given permission to enter the inside of Martino's apartment. Trash and empty plastic containers could be seen all over the floor. A stove that investigators said was used for drying explosive materials, but exploded Thursday afternoon--was visible. The stove door appeared to have been blasted from the mangled frame. There were also several pipes. Pipe bombs were among the explosives found by deputies on Thursday.
Martino was in the process of being evicted from the apartment for not paying his rent, according to the building's owner.
Investigators do not believe he intended to detonate the bombs because of the eviction. There is also no indication that Martino is part of any terrorist groups.
Martino has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He is being held at the Livingston County Jail.