Potential Explosive Situation
On Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8:45 p.m an anonymous concerned citizen came to police headquarters to report that someone in a van with NY plates was at Valero gas station, 347 Boston Post Rd., and was filling up five gallon buckets with gas and loading them into his vehicle. Police were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival Officers met with Yunus Latif 47, of 111-120 101 Ave., Richmond Hill, New York, who was filling up a five gallon Home Depot bucket with gas.
Latif stated that he was unable to get gas in New York because it was sold out. Latif stated that the people in his neighborhood gave him money to get them gas because they still do not have power. Officers asked Latif how many buckets of gas he had in the vehicle. Latif stated that he had approximately thirty, five gallon buckets each filled with four gallons of gas.
Officers observed that the buckets of gas were covered with lids and stacked on top of each other inside the van and trunk. Officers observed that the buckets were not secured in the vehicle and that the lids were beganing to expand after a period of time.
The owner of the station Muniruzzaman Gomosta, 41, of 203 Washington Ave., West Haven, stated that he did not realize that Latif was filling up five gallon buckets with gas. Gomosta stated that Latif came inside the gas station several times to pay for gas but it was very busy and he did not realize what he was doing.
Officers reportedly felt Gomosta should have realized what Latif was doing as he entered the store several times to pay for buckets of gasoline.
Orange Fire Marshal Timothy Smith and D.E.E.P. were dispatched to the scene. Gasoline can only be transported in D.O.T. approved containers. It was decided to return the gasoline to the underground storage tanks.
Latif was issued a Misdemeanor Summons violation of regulation concerning flammable or combustible liquids and was given a Nov. 19 court date.
Gomosta also was issued a Misdemeanor Summons violation of regulation concerning flammable or combustible liquids and was given a Nov. 19 court date.