A Harford County man was charged last night with making a pipe bomb that prompted the evacuation of his neighborhood for about six hours yesterday, the state fire marshal's office said.
Allen L. Ward, a deputy chief state fire marshal, said Joe Hornbarger of the 2200 block of Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood was charged with manufacturing and possessing a destructive device.
Ward said questioning of Hornbarger "led to us finding some materials at his home. We questioned him some more, and he eventually gave us a statement."
Officials said Hornbarger reported finding the bomb on the underside of his 1986 GMC truck about 10: 30 a.m. It was secured to the frame on the driver's side.
Ward said 12 nearby homes and a 7-Eleven store were evacuated and parts of Willoughby Beach Road and Route 755 were closed while a robotic device was used to remove the bomb. It was disassembled at the scene by technicians, Ward said.
Pub Date: 12/25/97