Police found a bedroom full of explosive devices in the Field Drive home of the Wallingford man arrested Monday on charges of setting off a bomb in the woods.
The exploses included dozens of pipe bombs with pre-drilled holes, 13 pounds of black powder, nine rolls of safety fuse, a mortar tube and firecrackers, according to a five-page police report made available Tuesday in Meriden Superior Court.
Disanti, of 6 Field Drive, was taken into custody after police responded to 911 calls reporting a loud bang in a backwoods area near Cardinal Drive around 1 p.m.
Later investigation revealed Disanti, whom responding officers found in the woods, admitted that he set off an M-80 bomb inside a plastic lunch cooler filled with gasoline, the police report detailed.
“(The investigator officers) found numerous trees burned from ground level to approximately six feet high as well as a large pit,” according to the police report by Lt. Marc Mikulski. “The pit was approximately 8x10 feet and approximately 4-6 feet deep. In the bottom of the pit were the burned remnants of a plastic lunch cooler. There was also a strong odor of gasoline near the bit.”
Disanti was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday on a number of charges including manufacturing bombs, possession of explosives and risk of injury to a minor. He was released after he posting a $150,000 bond and his case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court, where he is scheduled for another appearance April 4.
This apparently wasn’t Disanti’s first time setting off bombs, police say. According to the report, Disanti told investigators he had gone out to the woods to set off such explosives 3-4 times before.
Wallingford police took Disanti back to his house where family members consented to a search. In Disanti's room, police found numerous containers of gun powder, safety fuses, hundreds of knives, brass knuckles, empty alcoholic beverage containers and lighters, the police report said.
Wallingford police then called for assistance from the State Police Bomb Squad as well as the FBI.
Disanti’s 10-year-old sister lives in an adjacent room, police noted in the report.
The report did not detail why Disanti set off bombs. Family members told police that Disanti is autistic and recently started collecting knives and BB guns. His grandmother described Disanti as a being a well-behaved boy who did well in school, despite his learning disabilities, the report stated.
Meanwhile, Mikulski told Wallingford Patch that the investigation is still ongoing. Another person was named at the end of the police report, although his name was redacted.
According to the report, the other person, described as a 19-20 year-old blonde male, offered to pay Disanti $3,500 for specific pipes, fuses and black powder. Disanti said he encountered the individual once in the area of Dag Middle School and that he had no way of contacting him besides running into him on the streets.