Rockland: Man arrested with bomb-making materials

A man in Rockland was wanted for traffic violations, but police found a whole lot more than they bargained for when they stopped by Edward Downey’s house on Concord Street.

“There was a number of suspicious materials that we noticed by the residence that necessitated us contacting the Bomb Squad,” Rockland Police Lt. Nick Zeoli said. “That included some pre-made fireworks, gun powder, lighter fluid, marbles, and some corroded ammunition.”

Zeoli says they found all that, but didn’t find Downey.

“Mr. Downey fled the residence on foot. At that time, efforts to locate Mr. Downey were unsuccessful,” Zeoli said. “Later that day, our officers did travel back to that location and did discover Mr. Downey hiding in a closet there and placed him under arrest.”

And after searching his car, Zeoli says they found items that linked Downey to a break-in of a Tedeschi’s Market in Hanover. Zeoli says Hanover Police are charging him in relation to the break-in.

In Rockland, Downey is being charged with two counts of improper storage of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of bombs or explosives in violation of a state statute.

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.