QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Queensbury man is arrested after police say they found a stockpile of explosive devices inside his apartment.
During a press conference earlier, Sheriff Bud York told reporters that he feels lucky the dynamite was safely removed from the apartment. He says had it gone off on its own, it could have wiped out dozens of apartments.
Sheriff York says deputies became aware of the explosive devices when they were called to the Montcalm Apartment complex last night over a domestic dispute.
While interviewing the female complainant, she told them the tenant of 117B, a Michael Young had explosives inside his apartment.
“I’ll tell you what we found, more than a thousand blasting caps, lots of dynamite, and several rolls of detonator cord,” Sheriff York said.
Sheriff York says Young had a stockpile of explosive devices that were old and potentially unstable.
“I don’t want to be overdramatic but this could have done a lot of damage.”
Young was arrested on a felony charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree and arraigned in Queensbury Town Court.
Sheriff York says the 50-year-old disabled man had once worked in the demolition industry, but that was decades ago and the dynamite may have been collected from job sites. He says the explosives were safely removed from the apartment while neighbors were temporarily evacuated.
“I didn’t expect that from Michael I didn’t think he was that kind of a guy,” Al Capulet, a neighbor, said.
Capulet says he’s a friend of Young’s and that he never heard him mention anything about explosives.
“No! I would not be standing here if I heard that.”
Investigators say they still have no idea as to what Young planned to do with the explosive devices.
Right now, he’s locked up in jail. The judge set bail at $5,000 cash/$10,000 bond.