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Police: Bomb Making Materials Found After Levittown Home Explosion

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LEVITTOWN, Pa. -

Bristol Township police say Tom Piscione,30, poured ammonium nitrate into his lit fireplace and set off an explosion that blew apart his brick fireplace and shattered his windows in his Levittown home on Monday afternoon.

"It was really loud, and I came running out and before anybody got here Tom was standing out there," said Mike O’Keefe’s neighbor Tom Piscione.

According to police, Piscione told arriving officers a propane tank had exploded, but police say the Amtrack employee was dabbling in bomb making.

"We found ball bearings all over the floor. We found a lot of precursors chemicals to make bombs. He had a lab at set-up where he had beakers he had several precursors to make a bomb, bombs, pipe bombs, in fact," said Lt. Terry Hughes.

Piscione admitted to being a chemical hobbyist.

Neighbors say Piscione worked long days at Amtrack and they have a lot of questions about what he intended to do with his hobby.

Bristol Township police say they also found how-to books on bomb making and police procedure, along with 5 guns, including at least 2 rifles and a shotgun.

Piscione faces charges of risking catastrophe and endangering other people. He's in lockup on 1 million dollars bail.

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