MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A man has been arrested after officials said they discovered hundreds of boxes of commercial-grade fireworks in the basement of a Mount Pleasant home.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, police and federal agents said the house on Saldi Lane was safer Tuesday night than it has been in a long time.
There were 18,000 pounds of explosives in Stephen Surace’s home — enough to level the home and possibly some of his neighbors’ homes, authorities said.
Surace, 53, was taken into custody Monday night and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and unlawfully dealing fireworks, 1010 WINS reported.
Surace ignored questions after pleading not guilty to the charges and posting $10,000 bail.
“We’re going to vigorously defend this case and no further comments at this time,” defense attorney Max DiFabio said.
Investigators said the discovery came from a tip, which set off a sting operation.
An undercover officer was purchasing about $1,000 worth of fireworks and noticed the basement of the Saldi Lane home in the Valhalla section filled with large boxes of fireworks, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.