Bomb fake, but fright is real for neighbors

September 08, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

Sheriff's deputies showed up to serve what was supposed to be a routine eviction notice in Crofton yesterday afternoon -- and quickly called for backup when it looked like they might get more than they bargained for.

Inside the Forest Hill Court home was what appeared to be a powerful explosive device, a discovery that led officials to briefly evacuate the community of about 60 townhomes.

An hour later, officials confirmed it was all a mix-up.

"It was a novelty item -- a fake -- that looked like a bomb," said Officer Charles Ravenell, the spokesman for Anne Arundel County police.

After a deputy spotted what he thought was an explosive device at the home in the 1600 block of Forest Hill Court about 1: 30 p.m., the state fire marshal's office was called to the scene. But an X-ray examination of the "device" showed that it was what appeared to be a gag item, said Ravenell.

Police said about 20 people were affected by the evacuation.

No one was at the townhome at the time of the incident. No charges will be filed against the tenants, Ravenell said.

Pub Date: 9/08/99

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