While conducting an investigation Monday involving juveniles and stolen property in Brierwood, state police stumbled onto a sophisticated clubhouse built on the superstructure under a bridge over Bynum Run.
Construction of the clubhouse, which was wedged under the bridge and was about 8 feet above the water, was an impressive engineering feat. What was more compelling was that it was done by a couple of teen-agers.
Two boys, ages 15 and 14, were discovered in the 10-by-6-foot fortress and arrested. Both were charged as juveniles, one with possession of alcohol and the other was charged with possession of a concealed weapon, a penknife, police said.
The bridge along Brierhill Road between Route 22 and McPhail Road east of Bel Air is supported by I-beams, and the boys had wedged floor joists between them to support the floor, which they had covered with carpet padding.
"The Department of Public Works checked it out, and there was no structural damage to the bridge," said Tfc. Bill Hollingsworth of the Bel Air barracks.
Candles and sleeping bags were found inside. The boys had access by rope ladder through a trap door, which they could lock to secure their gear at night, said Trooper Hollingsworth. "They had a pretty nice view overlooking the water," he said.
The boys told police they finished the clubhouse about three weeks ago, he said.
Public Works employees removed the structure.
The boys were released to their parents, pending further investigation.