Neighbor held in 3 blasts

June 26, 2007|By Ellie Baublitz

A Taneytown man was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $20,000 bond after being accused of creating and setting off three destructive devices on his neighbor's sidewalk Sunday evening, authorities said yesterday.

Taneytown police and Maryland fire marshals responded to a 911 call about 5:40 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of E. Baltimore St., said W. Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal.

Witnesses told investigators that Thomas Alan Youngman, 30, made the devices and threw them on the sidewalk, authorities said. The devices exploded, but no one was injured and no damage resulted, Taylor said.

Investigators said they believe Youngman was in a dispute with a neighbor on whose sidewalk the devices were thrown, authorities said.

Taylor declined to describe the devices, except to say they were chemical in nature and did not rely on explosive powders. He also said an investigation is continuing to find out where the devices were made.

Youngman faces three counts of manufacturing a destructive device, as well as giving a false statement, authorities said. Manufacturing a destructive device is a felony in Maryland punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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