HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)–There were scary moments in a Hamden neighborhood on Saturday as residents were forced to leave their homes after a man allegedly tried to blow up his house.
Police said it happened after a domestic dispute.
David May is being held on $250,000 bond arraigned in Meriden superior court on Monday.
Police said a Hamden woman ran out of her house and called 9-1-1. Though it happened inside of the couple’s home at 43 Pennbrook Avenue, neighbors said it affected them as well.
“We were told that gas lines were cut, and for everyone to evacuate,” said neighbor Danny Brown. Police said when they arrived on scene, there was an overwhelming odor of natural gas.
They called in a Connecticut gas company, and they noticed the line had been cut, and the house had filled with a dangerously high level of natural gas. So, officials ordered an evacuation of several nearby houses.
“The street was put on lockdown, everyone was asked to leave their homes,” Brown said. “Everyone congregated around the corner.”
“The houses are close together, it could have hurt other people, or damaged other people’s homes,” another neighbor said.
Police said May greeted them with a cigarette and a lighter in hand, then “lit the lighter in an attempt to ignite the house.”
Police arrested May on scene.
“It was a scary situation. Especially for the kids,” Brown said. “We gathered our kids and our dogs and went around the corner.”
Neighbors said they are just thankful the house didn’t blow.
“It could have been devastating,” one of them said.