Man charged with making pipe bomb that led to evacuation of neighbors

December 25, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

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

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