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.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Republican Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Face Off In Fiery Debate
As CBS 2âs 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.