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Fairfield Police: Local Man Never Intended to Target or Create Bomb for Rolling Stone

The clarification by local police contradicts a report from the New York Daily News.

Joseph Callahan, 65, of 1625 Bronson Road, Fairfield. Credit: Fairfield Police
Joseph Callahan, 65, of 1625 Bronson Road, Fairfield. Credit: Fairfield Police
Update 3:30 p.m. 

Taking exception to a New York Daily News report released Friday (see below), Fairfield police say the 65-year-old town man arrested Monday after authorities found bomb-making materials in his home never was suspected of targeting Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

Rather, police tell Patch, Joseph Callahan of Bronson Road made "an off the cuff remark about building some sort of device for Keith Richards because he heard Keith Richards liked fireworks."

The pair never communicated and Callahan never attempted to reach the Weston resident, police say.


Original Story

The 65-year-old Connecticut man arrested this week after authorities found bomb-making materials in his Fairfield home had been targeting Keith Richards, the New York Daily News says.

Citing a report in the Fairfield Citizen, the Daily News reports that Joseph Callahan, pictured, of 1625 Bronson Road, told police of his plans to blow up the Rolling Stones guitarist following his arrest. Callahan's lawyer has denied the claim, NBC Connecticut reports. Richards, who two years ago insured a finger for $1.6 million, lives in Weston, CT—a bordering town, northwest of Fairfield.

As reported here on Fairfield Patch, state and federal officials arrested Callahan Monday and charged him with several felonies including manufacturing a bomb following a weeklong investigation that was sparked by a report of a burglary at the home. The home is located just north of downtown Fairfield and less than a half-mile from an elementary school.

Authorities took Callahan into custody and spent the majority of the week taking chemicals and weapons out of his home. The home was recently deemed secure by emergency officials, but local authorities are awaiting the results of tests run on the chemicals found in the home.

Police seized 274 guns, numerous pounds of ammunition and several explosives from the home, according to Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy. The explosives were described as larger than a firework, with explosive power above an M-80, but below a stick of dynamite.

The Daily News report, again citing NBC Connecticut, has Callahan's lawyer saying his client had been distraught over a divorce and did not plan to detonate a bomb.

Patch will have updates to this story as they become available.

Mae Blue October 11, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Maybe he just wanted to rearrange his face.
elmst October 11, 2013 at 03:08 PM
This is such a load of doggy do-do it is beyond believe. The Patch reported that he was making a bomb for Keith Richards as in Keith Richards hired him to make one for him. The Daily News then picked up on that and twisted to mean that he was going to bomb Keith Richards. If the Patch was any more than an electronic version of the Sears catalog they would move swiftly to correct the error. Instead they will let the internet rumor mill churn on, This poor guy is going to be crucified with out any cause.
Teresa Linton October 11, 2013 at 06:22 PM
keith Richards is always bombed anyway
Yoosoo Dum October 11, 2013 at 08:02 PM
if a person is bent on stupid acts of violence why don't they focus their efforts where it might do humanity some good? there are so many people who are hurting the world more than keith richards.
Charles Wipperwill October 12, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Yeah, like the Kardashians!
Isle D Belle October 12, 2013 at 08:31 AM
So nobody thinks 274 guns is a problem?
Kevin October 12, 2013 at 08:48 AM
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william penrose October 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM
another idiot from dysfunctional america
Phil Sartori October 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM
274 guns found?? sounds like someone who shouldn't be able to own any (unstable perp)
william savick October 14, 2013 at 02:57 PM
At first I thought the headline read,' " create a bong for rolling stone ". I am thinking why is this news? Needless to say a bomb could never disfigure the "stone-face" of Keith Richard .

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