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Milford Man Faces Bomb-Making Charges

Report of an intruder leads to felony charges for Milford man.

76 Pond St., Milford. Credit: Vision Appraisal
76 Pond St., Milford. Credit: Vision Appraisal

Published 2 p.m. Monday

A Milford man who called police early Sunday to report a possible intruder now faces drug and bomb-making charges after police found cocaine and explosive materials inside his home, police said.

Derek Meyers, 28, of 76 Pond St., is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Police said they encountered Meyers holding a handgun when the first responding officers arrived about 4:35 a.m. Sunday. Officers took the weapon and then checked the house, police said.

No other people were located inside the house, police said.

Instead, they found a grenade-style canister, suspected cocaine, a hypodermic needle, suspected drug paraphernalia and a bucket filled with materials for making explosives, police said.

The Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad was contacted to investigate further and neighbors were ordered to evacuate their homes.

Police said authorities found several hazardous materials and a homemade device that appeared to have an electronic receiver attached to the top for remote detonation.

“Also discovered were several powders and electrical components which could be used to make homemade explosive devices,” police said.

The execution of a subsequent search warrant yielded additional explosive devices, including smoke bombs and smoke grenades, police said.

“One of the smoke grenades had been altered with a remote receiver switch and flash powder,” police said. “Additionally, several powders – potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, flash powder – and nitric acid were discovered and seized.”

The suspected cocaine later tested positive, police said.

Area residents were given the OK to re-enter their homes in the early afternoon.

Meyers is charged with illegal manufacture of bombs, illegal possession of fireworks, illegal possession of explosives, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Property records show the home is owned by William and Laureen Meyers. They purchased 76 Pond St. in 1983 and the current assessed value is $775,000.

MikeS January 21, 2014 at 01:18 PM
From the sounds of the materials described at the scene, my assumption was that there was some type of underground fireworks operation under way at the house. The problem nowadays is that you simply can't be too careful with all of the ridiculous events that have already transpired. When the news broke reporting the true identities of the Boston Marathon bombers, many of their associates and friends who were interviewed were nearly in a state of denial; they couldn't imagine the people they knew to be capable of such an act. I'm sure in time we'll know more about this man's background story & intentions.
CB January 21, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Was the comment about presuming those writing on this board have some level of intelligence, really necessary? I will say I after reading the rest of your post, I agree with you that we don't yet know the full extent of the bomb making materials. For the record I didn't say he was a terrorist. I also agree that if he was thought to be a terrorist, his bond would have been much higher.
Love Thy Pittie Giardina January 21, 2014 at 04:34 PM
All I'm going to say is my heart goes to Mrs. and Mr. Meyers. They are good people and right now this is a bunch of "he said, she said". Laurie keep smiling and ignore all of the ignorance. people love to rant and rave.
Concerned Parent January 21, 2014 at 05:22 PM
@CB...You are correct, it was not necessary, but I was getting frustrated seeing where the conversation was heading. These are good people.
CB January 21, 2014 at 06:56 PM
I guess I could say after thinking about some of this a little more, that sometimes the only victims in cases like this are the family members who had nothing to do with it. Guilt by association.
Robert Durant January 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM
OK, I regret and remove my terrorist comment. I apologize and am sure that the parents are good people who are having a terrible time. I do feel terrible for the family, but he is 28, not 12. I really hope he was just a dopey, overgrown, kid, with a drug problem, making fireworks. But also I think it is a valid question: Where is the line drawn between "troubled kid" and "terrorist"? And, what would the discussion be if he was brown?
Tmc January 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM
People said the Lanzas were good people too...
MAC January 22, 2014 at 12:33 AM
The parents (and homeowners) may be entirely blameless. However, when your 28 yr. old son--far beyond the expected age of being self-supporting and independent--is living in your home and presumably not gainfully employed or a student, don't you have some concerns and do some checking as to his activities? From the descriptions of various drugs, chemicals, grenades, electrical components etc. found there, the parents SHOULD have had their suspicions that their son was not some hard-working innocent, law-abiding citizen.
Love Thy Pittie Giardina January 22, 2014 at 05:22 AM
Please remember Not everyone knows the circumstances of why he was at home. He was not special needs so please don't think that. Only some of us know the circumstances of what this family has gone through in the past 6 or so months with this boy and let me be clear that these are not even close to any of the issues. So, when you have no reason to suspect these things you have no reason to look for these clues.
CB January 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM
I have two final comments. First, I don't think a 28 year old is a boy, or a kid. He's a grown man with what appears to be some issues. My 2nd comment is a reply to the comment about the Lanza's being nice people. It appears they were, actually. A dysfunctional family by definition, most likely, yes. But I think the mother was so dedicated to the son in that case that she became blind to the issues, and she died in the process at the hands of the very son she adored.
Robert Allen January 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM
WHY do people have to call the "OBAMA PHONES"?! They have NOTHING to do with Obama. The program was originally started under Reagan. Yes, the one everybody on the right sings the praises of. Then it was expanded to cell phones under Bush Jr. Yes, another right wing president. All Obama did was let people know that the program exists, which the government doesn't pay a dime for. its paid by that small surcharge we pay every month. My wife is disabled. She has one of the phones. Its an emergency phone. Its 2002 technology. its not a smartphone. She can make a phone call. She can text, but with great difficulty. its not a big deal. Yet you right wingers have to blame Obama for something her really had nothing to do with.
Nick Foley January 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Lanza doesn't compare and shouldn't even be mentioned here. Unless you know this family personally, you have no idea what you're talking about.
Nick Foley January 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Robert Allen - all political opinions aside, if you really want to know why some people call it "Obama Phone" go on YouTube...search "Obama Phone." Also, I'm not really sure that it has anything to do with the article you're commenting on.
MikeS January 22, 2014 at 01:07 PM
@Robert Allen - hhhhhWhat?!? I think you put your remarks in the wrong thread.
Tmc January 22, 2014 at 09:45 PM
@CB; my point exactly. Many people thought the Lanzas were fine, and yet look what happened. The same with the UNH kid who lived in Fairfield with a room full of ammo; neighbors who know him swore it HAD to be a mistake. You just never know what's at the core of something, no matter how well you THINK you know someone. People ignoring it makes it even worse.
Robert Allen January 23, 2014 at 06:44 AM
I believe the comment I was replying to has been removed.
Nick Foley January 23, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Before you start comparing someone you know nothing about to a MASS MURDERER at least get your facts straight. Lanza was anything BUT "fine." You're basing your judgements off of 1 article. I don't understand how people can so nonchalantly compare someone to a mass murderer or call them a terrorist. If you want to talk about Lanza or terrorists or Obama phones, go find an article that actually relates to them.
Concerned Parent January 23, 2014 at 01:41 PM
This thread is leading into a direction which is light years away from topic. Please take it elsewhere.
Sally Smith January 23, 2014 at 01:41 PM
@nick foley I fully agree with you. Everyone needs to shut their mouths and keep their negative opinions to themselves unless they have all the facts @CB get a life. And anyone else for that matter who is on here ranting about this kid being a terrorist etc just because the media , who lets be honest if this was truly a case where they suspected any bigger more serious threat would not only be being covered by news channel 12, (who clearly are bored and have nothing else worth reporting about besides cat and dog shows in Darien and the massive amount of snow we got the last couple of days) no one but family and close friends know what this family has gone through or what the Meyers have done or not done to try and help their son. I understand it's scary when this stuff pops up and the law enforcement were just doing their jobs so that stuff like newtown or Boston don't happen. I get the fear and the reason for the intensity ... But Sadly drugs are a bitch and take hold of a person and can turn them into someone no one recognizes. It sounds bad but him calling the cops probably saved his life. For all we know this young man may have been an active hunter who is into survivalist stuff and simply had fun with fireworks with zero comprehension that some psychic asshole in Iraq puts this shit together to make a bomb. @MAC, to your Comment about the parents being aware. Do you personally know the family? Do you know what they knew or didn't know about what their son had? See my Comment above about for all we know he was just messing around with the materials and didn't realize together that it was such an intense hazard. And yes 28 Is far beyond the age of being independent and self sufficient but in today's economy I can find you a ton of 28 y/o who still reside at home with mom & dad and have jobs & you know what, some who go to college and have to move home because they can't find jobs so don't throw out judgmental blanket statments like that it makes you look like a judgmental naive asshole. Here's my blanket judgmental statement for you your a dick. (Doesn't feel so great when It's on you does it?) we aren't making judgments about your life which we know nothing about don't make them about the family. And lastly for my rant here .. How DARE anyone compare this situation to the newtown stuff!! @tmc your right we never know what the core of a persons problems are and even those close to him may never have known his intentions ( not saying he had any) and those ignoring do make it worse.. But evidenced in the past events (school shootings) these kids always leave some kind of trail & it's ignored (sadly). After newtown happened tons of evidence was found where this kid was and had shown a history of disturbing comments behaviors posts remarks etc.. I believe they found tons of evidence that shows a long standing mental health issue where he even EXPRESSED VIA INTERNET his intentions ( I may be mistaken so chill out if it's not the exact findings etc here it was a long time since I read specifics of Newton) but I'm pretty sure, as they said they searched the house, these reports would have included "emails , texts, fb/twitter or other incriminating posts" if they had found any that lead them to believe this was more than a kid who enjoyed his chemisty set on a bit too much of an adult level. My heart goes out to the Meyers family friend and relatives . May this kid get the help he needs.
Concerned Parent January 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Well put Sally...
Nick Foley January 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM
BOOM roasted
CB January 23, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Since you told me to get a life for some reason, I thought I should reply. For the record I never said he was a terrorist, and I also completely agree that the family has it tough in these situations. I did make a comment about people who make bombs having some thoughts of inciting terror, but I'll retract that since your right, it could be fireworks type bombs, not bombs to hurt people, and that comment probably made it sound like I thought he was a terrorist, which isn't the case.
Love Thy Pittie Giardina January 23, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Sally, thank you! That was very well put.
Tmc January 24, 2014 at 07:21 AM
@Sally; yes that was exactly my point; get this guy the help he needs so it WON'T turn into another SHES or UNH disaster. Ignoring things just makes it worse. Unlike other posters, you seem to understand just because he's a friend of yours doesn't give him a free pass. Thank you.
Nick Foley January 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM
I don't understand why you must continue to compare this person to two people who were obsessed with mass murder. Do you know ANYTHING about the 2 cases you're referencing? BOTH of those idiots had clippings, info etc. on previous mass shootings. Did you hear about that being found in this house? I didn't think so, so before you start talking like you know wtf is going on, at least read about what you're referring to.
Love Thy Pittie Giardina January 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM
This hits home for a lot of us, I believe because we know a little more about this family than the people trying so desperately to make this more than it was. Unfortunately, we have to turn away and let them rant and rave about something they know nothing about. This is where we have so gracefully "thank" the media.
Tmc January 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM
It never ceases to amaze me how people are so willing to ask everyone else to give a free pass to someone who could have caused severe harm...just because they "know" him/her. Truly astounding.
Tmc January 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM
And CP? I saw your deleted comment in my email. Only an idiot wouldn't examine every avenue of this potentially lethal episode and cover all bases. I choose not to be one of those; I advise you not to be one too, okay? Good luck with your 'friend' and his care.
Concerned Parent January 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM
@Tmc. It is obvious this kid is not getting a free pass because he is in jail right now. What is also obvious it the problem you have with him. If this event was of any significance, we would be seeing it in the news, which we have not. So take your argument somewhere where some idiot is willing to entertain it.
Love Thy Pittie Giardina January 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Not asking for a free pass. Just know what you're talking about. Has this hit CNN? No, because it isn't as big as News 12 made it up to be. Milford is a boring town and needed some entertainment that day.

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