3 Bomb Threats Made

One Goes Off At Library

April 29, 1997

Three bomb threats and an explosion outside a public library in Annapolis yesterday are being investigated by the Annapolis Fire Department and the Anne Arundel County police and sheriff's office.

Investigators were unsure whether the explosion at the county public library on West Street, which caused no injuries or damage, and the threats to the county courthouse on Church Circle, West Annapolis Elementary and Southern High schools were related, officials said.

There has been a spate of bomb scares at schools throughout the county recently, with Arundel Middle, Arundel and Old Mill high schools targeted in recent weeks.

In March, school officials found an incendiary device in a student's locker at Arundel Senior High during a visit from Gov. Parris N. Glendening to the Odenton school.

A telephone call was received at the County Circuit Courthouse at 9: 09 a.m., said Lt. John W. Plantholt of the sheriff's office, who is also the supervisor of Roy, the bomb dog. The sheriff's office was called to check out all three Annapolis sites.

At 10: 26 a.m., employees at the library on West Street heard an explosion in the rear parking lot. The building was cleared, police were called and the area was searched, said Mary Hanning, a librarian. Police found a "crude device," similar to a pipe bomb, that had been detonated in a mound of mulch.

The courthouse was cleared for about an hour while deputies checked all three floors, Plantholt said. City police provided traffic control during the search, which turned up nothing, officials said.

At 9: 58 a.m., a secretary at West Annapolis Elementary received a call from a man whose voice was described as "an articulate monotone," saying there was a bomb in the school that would go off in 90 minutes, city police said.

The school was immediately evacuated while Roy, a team of officers and school representatives searched it. Students were allowed to return about 12: 30 p.m., police said.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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