Police find military-style weapons during Ellicott City house inspection

July 15, 2000|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Authorities discovered a stockpile of military-style weapons and ammunition yesterday during a routine foreclosure inspection at an Ellicott City house and took them to the state fire marshal's office for disposal.

Police were called to the home at 3612 Fels Lane by inspectors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about 1 p.m.

There, police found a cache that they said included a portable rocket launcher, a disassembled .50-caliber machine gun, grenades and mortar shells.

Fels Lane cordoned off

As a precaution, Fels Lane was cordoned off and several houses were evacuated for five to six hours, police said. There were no injuries or explosions.

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the inspector general's office, Army Criminal Investigation Department, Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, Howard County Department of Fire/Rescue Services and the state fire marshal's office bomb squad assisted Howard County police well into yesterday evening.

Previous owner sought

A team of Howard County investigators were working to locate the previous owner of the residence last night. He was identified only as a 43-year-old male.

Police are working with federal authorities to determine if misappropriation of government equipment took place.

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