Police, fire officials use robot to defuse suspected bombs in Pasadena, Dorsey

September 25, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police and fire officials called in a high-tech robot Monday to defuse what they thought were bombs near mailboxes in Pasadena and Dorsey, county police said.

They evacuated the Lake Shore shopping center for two hours and sealed off part of an industrial park in Dorsey while bomb technicians checked the packages. But instead of bombs, police found two video tapes boxed for delivery to a Harford County hospital and a box with an empty toner-cartridge from a printer.

The action began shortly before 6 p.m. when someone called the state fire marshal's office to report a suspicious box left under a mailbox in the 7000 block of Parkway Drive in Dorsey.

Police sealed off the area and waited for the bomb squad to arrive with a robot to inspect the package. When the package did not explode, a bomb technician opened it and found the video tapes, which were bound for Fallston General Hospital.

An hour later, while fire officials still were at the Parkway Center, Michael R. Hendrie, 34, of the 1200 block of Castine Court in Pasadena arrived at the Eastern District police station to tell officers about a cardboard box he had seen at the post office at Lake Shore Plaza.

Police went to the post office in the 4300 block of Mountain Road to check the box labeled "Cannon A39 black cartridge." Officers evacuated the area, called in the fire department and the state fire marshal, who brought in a robot to inspect the package. A bomb technician opened the box and found an empty toner cartridge.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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