A Wallingford man is facing serious charges after police said he was making bombs inside his home.
Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Disanti on Monday after reports that he has been setting off some sort of device in the woods just off Cardinal Drive at about 1 p.m.
"There's a guy in the back woods and I think he's setting homemade bombs off," a neighbor said during a 911 call to police Monday. "I can see him from my backyard."
Officers found Disanti lighting off fireworks inside a cooler filled with gasoline.
Police said they searched Disanti's home and found bomb-making materials, including black powder, fuses and galvanized pipes fitted for the fuses.
Some pipes were as long as 13 inches with holes already drilled in them for fuses, police said.
About 400 knives and 59 pairs of brass knuckles as well as pellet guns and martial arts weapons were also seized from the home, according to court documents.
The FBI was called in to help with the investigation.
Disanti was arrested and charged with nine counts of manufacturing bombs, possession of explosives, risk of injury to minor, reckless endangerment, possession of fireworks and breach of peace.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News Disanti lives with his mother, grandparents and other family members, including his 10-year-old sister, who is one bedroom away from where he had all the bomb-making materials stored.
"He was friendly and stuff," said neighbor Frank Raccio. "I just talked to him before the snow storm didn't see any signs of anything wrong there."
Disanti was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court and was released on a $150,000 bond. He was released from jail with some strict conditions.
Disanti's mother told Eyewitness News inside the courthouse about her son's mental condition and how nobody in the family knew he was hoarding such dangerous materials.
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