Queensbury man accused of stockpiling explosives in apartment

November 27, 2017 06:19 PM

QUEENSBURY - It's quiet here today.

A much different story Sunday night at Montcalm Apartments, just a short distance from Aviation Road.

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Residents say the bomb squad was here, focusing on Apartment, 117B, Michael Young's place and two doors down from a woman who didn't want her face on TV, but told us, "In a sense, I did believe it because you couldn't believe anything he said."

Police were called to Young's apartment about a domestic dispute, a woman looking to get her belongings back.

They didn't expect to find what they did.

Dynamite, blasting caps, black powder, manual and electronic blasting devices. Much of it right out in the open.

 "Within two hours, we had six bomb experts there. We had the FBI, we had the ATF, we had the state police," said Warren County Sheriff Bud York.

8 nearby apartments were evacuated.

People were allowed to return after police removed all of the explosives, some of which were more than 50 years old.

Police say Young worked as part of demolition crew many years ago, and they're looking into whether he took explosives from job sites. 

They say he didn't have a license to use or possess what they found in his apartment.

And they say it wouldn't have taken much to spark a catastrophe.

"Any heat, shock, or friction could've caused this to happen. Mishandling, there was a cat in the apartment that could have jumped off of something, you don't know," said Tim Fischer, an explosives specialist with Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Fischer called Young's stockpile one of the largest collections of explosives he's seen in more than three decades of responding to calls about incendiary devices.

Neighbors were upset but not completely surprised about Young's alleged crime.

"He keyed my car.He threw eggs at it because he got mad at me for some stupid thing.You just can't trust him,he hates everybody."

York says the FBI and ATF are looking into whether Young violated any federal laws.

"With today's day and age and these kind of explosives and what's been happening across the world and across the United States, we certainly want to do our homework and make sure it's not something nefarious," York said.

He added that police have no reason to believe Young was plotting something sinister.

He's charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and was sent to Warren County Jail for lack of $5,000 bail.


Mark Mulholland

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