Police charge Arnold boy in explosion of pipe bomb Accused teen was injured, neighborhood evacuated

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, a county fire official said.

The youth was fingerprinted and released Monday to the custody of his parents, the fire official said.

The incident occurred Thursday when a pipe bomb about the size of a roll of quarters exploded and authorities destroyed a 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, an eighth-grader at Severn River Junior High School, 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.

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

The youth was drilling the pipe shortly before 1 p.m. when a spark ignited the 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, said Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells, an Anne Arundel County Fire spokesman.

In a warning to the public yesterday, Sheckells said that if a pipe bomb is found, "Do not touch, jostle or handle it in any way. Keep people away from the area and call 911. We will send the appropriate unit out to investigate it and take care of it."

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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