911 call released in attempted home explosion

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – News 8 has obtained a recording of the 911 call from a domestic dispute Saturday that allegedly escalated to the point where the husband made moves to blow up his own home.

In the call, the wife of David May – now charged with three counts of attempt to commit assault, among other charges – sounds surprisingly calm.

She tells dispatch:

My husband has turned the gas on inside our house and has threatened to blow up the house. I am outside, I have been out here for about a half hour with a neighbor. We are trying to talk to him but the minute you open our front door and went back in you can smell all the gas in the house.

To which dispatch responds:

Take your neighbor, get everybody out of the house and wait for police and, you know, just maybe a couple houses away and wait for the police.

Police said when they arrived at 43 Pembroke Road, May greeted them with a cigarette and lighter in hand. The smell of natural gas was overwhelming and a gas company later discovered that a gas line had been cut, police said.

Nearby homes were evacuated but the gas did not ignite and no one was injured.

May was also charged with threatening, reckless endangerment and interfering with a police officer. His bond was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000. He remains in custody.

News 8’s AJ Walker reporting

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