Parts of the Route 40 corridor were darkened by smoke during the past week while Aberdeen Proving Ground allowed eight fires to burn themselves out due to the dangers of unexploded munitions.
The fires were sparked Nov. 1 on test ranges in four areas of the base, said Barbara Filbert, an APG spokeswoman.
"They are the result of test firing," she said as the fires continued to burn Friday. "The (APG) fire department is allowing the firesto burn themselves out because of concern about unexploded ordinance."
The slow-burning fires were scattered over the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of the base at the Main Front, Trench Warfare, Poverty Island and Michaelsville test ranges.
An old waste dump in the Michaelsville area is included on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Super Fund list. APG officials are examining how to clean up the landfill, which has polluted ground water with PCBs and other hazardous materials.
Filbert said the fires are contained to about 500 acres in remote brush areas that do not border dump sites or other hazardous locations. "The fire department says there is no danger to the environment or the air," she said.
APG usually experiences test range fires late in the fall and early in the spring, when the weather is dry, Filbert noted.
REWARD IN STATION HOLDUP
Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two men who robbed an Edgewood gas station.
Two men entered the Shell Mini Mart in the 1700 block of Hanson Road about 6 a.m.brandishing handguns, state police reported.
They removed an undetermined amount of money from the cash register after threatening an attendant. The weapons displayed were an Army .45-caliber automatic and a small caliber chrome automatic, police said.
Both suspects are described as clean-shaven black men, 25 to 30 years old, with close-cropped hair. One suspect was about 5-feet, 8-inches tall and 150 pounds, dressed in black, wearing a V-neck sweater, T-shirt and jeans. The second man was between 5-4 and 5-8, 140 to 145 pounds and had razor cuts in his scalp. He wore a brown leather-and-suede vest and a neon-green hooded sweat shirt and had long fingernails.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hot line at 877-STOP. You do not have to give your name or appear in court.
GUNMAN IS SOUGHT
The county Sheriff's Office is searching for a man suspected of trying to hold up a Joppa convenience store at gunpoint.
Police said the robbery was foiled the morning of Nov. 2, when two witnesses pulled into the parking lot of the High's store in the 500 block of Joppa Farm Road and summoned help from a nearby pay phone.
The suspect, who displayed what appeared to be a shotgun, fled the store and left in a silver or gray four-door car, police said. The late model car was seen on Joppa Farm road heading toward Route 40.
The suspectis described as a young, clean-shaven black man, about 5-foot-6 to 5-7, weighing 115 to 120 pounds. He had short, curly black hair and wore a dark blue jacket.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff's office at 836-5437.
A compilation of someof the crimes reported to police:
1900 block FletcherDrive: Harford County Sheriff's Office recovered a refrigerator, light fixtures and Venetian blinds stolen Oct. 29 from a model home, where a window, wall and curtain rod were damaged. A smoke detector and thermostat cover are still missing. Loss: $685.
200 block MayberryDrive: Harford County Sheriff's Office recovered a wallet and creditcard stolen from a home. Still missing are a radar detector and a necklace. Loss: $549.
1300 block Sweetbriar Lane: HarfordCounty Sheriff's Office reported the theft Oct. 22 of a clay flower pot. Loss: $40.
500 block Perry Court: Harford County Sheriff's Office reported damage to a car's window and tire Oct. 28. Loss: $320.
1800 block Pulaski Highway: damage to a car's tires Oct. 28. Loss: $100.
1800 block Pulaski Highway: Harford County Sheriff's Office reported damage to a vehicle's window and an attempted breaking and entering Oct. 29. Loss: $500.
Havre de Grace
200 block Bloomsbury Avenue: Havre de Grace Police reported ahouse was broken into. A color television, portable TV, stereo set, double cassetterecorder, and a cable switch box were stolen Oct. 29. Loss: $415.
900 block Quarry Road: Havre de Grace Police reported the theft of ared-and-white striped velvet sofa and chair and two potted plants from a balcony apartment Oct. 29. Loss: $400.
600 block Fountain Street: Havre de Grace Police reported the driver's sides of two cars vandalized Oct. 31. Damage: $1,000.