Police charge Arnold boy, 13, in explosion of pipe bomb

November 27, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A 13-year-old Arnold boy has been charged with making the pipe bomb that exploded in his family's garage last week, injuring him and forcing the evacuation of his neighborhood.

Blaine Fairbanks of the 900 block of College Drive was charged as a juvenile with manufacturing a pipe bomb and reckless endangerment, said Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells, an Anne Arundel County Fire spokesman.

The boy was fingerprinted and released Monday to the custody of his parents, Sheckells said.

The incident occurred Thursday when one pipe bomb, about the size of a roll of quarters, exploded and authorities destroyed second device in the Fairbanks home, police said. Authorities evacuated about 10 homes in the Campus Green neighborhood and closed College Drive at College Parkway until 4: 30 p.m.

Blaine was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center emergency room for a 4-inch cut on his palm, bruises and minor facial burns, fire officials said.

The boy, an eighth-grader at Severn River Junior High School, was dismissed at noon and arrived at his home near Anne Arundel Community College minutes later.

His brother, Bill Fairbanks, 17, said Blaine used gunpowder from his father's shotgun shells to fill a short piece of pipe in the family home's two-car garage.

The youth was drilling the pipe shortly before 1 p.m. when a spark ignited gunpowder and the bomb exploded, Bill Fairbanks said.

The explosion left shrapnel embedded in the walls and ceiling of the garage but caused little other damage, said a bomb squad technician.

When ambulance crews came, they saw what appeared to be another pipe bomb in the garage and notified the Fire Marshal, which sent its bomb squad and robot, Sheckells said.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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