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Staff reports | July 17, 2012
A State Fire Marshal bomb squad and an Army team from Fort Belvoir, Va., disposed of several pieces of military ordnance - including a live 75mm armor piercing shell - that were found in a home in Westminster on Monday, July 16. Officials said the items, which included explosive training aids, were "rendered safe," after being transported to the Northern Landfill, in Westminster, so they could be handled in a safe environment. The Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a release that the explosive materials had been found in a home in the 700 block of Old Westminster Pike on Monday at about 9 a.m. Officials said the widow of an K-9 trainer who dealt with explosives was in the process of moving items inside the home when she located the materials and notified the Fire Marshal.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
A suspicious package reported in a clothing store in Annapolis Mall Thursday afternoon caused the store to be evacuated for about an hour while a bomb squad responded, Anne Arundel County police said. An investigation found that the duffel bags in question contained only personal belongings, according to Lt. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman. "Some bags were stacked up that looked suspicious, and they took all precautions" to make sure the area was safe, Smith said. The package was reported in Nordstrom just after 4 p.m., and police announced the incident was over just before 5 p.m. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
A bomb squad responded to a possible "explosive device" in College Park early Friday morning, a Prince George's County fire spokesman said. Authorities were called to the 5000 block of Edgewood Road where they removed a suspicious package forcing the evacuation of three homes, department spokesman Mark Brady said. No injuries were reported. "Basically we use procedures that remove any working component so that it become inoperable," Brady said. Forensic tests are being completed on the package but he said, "it definitely had all the appearances of an explosive device.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
The Baltimore County police bomb squad was called to Cockeysville on Thursday for a suspicious package that turned out to be a block of wood with tape wrapped around it. Officers were called at 10:55 a.m. to Wight Avenue, near York Road where the wood was found near a telephone pole, a police spokeswoman said. The roads were closed while police investigated, but they reopened around noon. No one was injured. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | February 6, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Public nervousness about potential terrorist threats has touched off an explosion of work for the state's bomb squad, a spokesman for the state fire marshal said yesterday.In the last two months, the bomb squad has received more than 300 calls to check out such things as suspicious packages, unclaimed airport baggage and abandoned cars, said Robert B. Thomas Jr., deputy chief state fire marshal."Normally we run 480 calls in an entire year," said Mr. Thomas. "There's really a heightened awareness because of events in the Middle East."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | September 3, 1995
The Maryland fire marshal's bomb squad detonated a cannonball in Bel Air on Wednesday that may date from the War of 1812.The detonation occurred after Gertrude Depkin, chairwoman of the artifacts committee for the Historical Society of Harford County, learned of a warning from the state fire marshal concerning the potential dangers of old cannonballs.Mrs. Depkin said she knew the society had an old, rusty, flaking cannonball, about the size of a 10-pin bowling ball, at its headquarters in the old Bel Air post office on Main Street.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer | December 24, 1992
Randallstown trailed 16-9 after five bouts against Baltimore County wrestling rival Eastern Vo-Tech yesterday when its "Bomb Squad" exploded onto the mats for a six-bout sweep.And when it was over -- four pins, a major decision and a decision later -- the eighth-ranked Rams almost had blown the visiting 15th-ranked Mavericks back to Essex, putting the match away with two bouts left.With its 40-28 victory, Randallstown improved to 4-0 (3-0 against the 4A-3A league), and dropped the Mavericks to 3-2 (2-2)
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
A suspicious package reported in a clothing store in Annapolis Mall Thursday afternoon caused the store to be evacuated for about an hour while a bomb squad responded, Anne Arundel County police said. An investigation found that the duffel bags in question contained only personal belongings, according to Lt. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman. "Some bags were stacked up that looked suspicious, and they took all precautions" to make sure the area was safe, Smith said. The package was reported in Nordstrom just after 4 p.m., and police announced the incident was over just before 5 p.m. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Baltimore County police said a man was found dead in Chevy Blazer in White Marsh Saturday morning. An officer found the man unresponsive in the SUV along with three hand-written notes. The contents of the notes were not released but police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said they prompted the officer to call for backup. The county's bomb squad and hazmat crews responded to the SUV, which was parked in the area of Crossroads Circle and Williams Court, near White Marsh Boulevard. "It doesn't seem like they recovered anything," such an explosive device from the vehicle, Wachter said.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1997
The Carroll County courthouse was shut down for more than three hours yesterday after someone called a courthouse clerk to say a bomb would go off, authorities said.Three police dogs trained to detect explosives were brought in to search the building, as well as the Courthouse Annex on North Court Street, which houses the criminal and civil offices of the circuit and district courts and the county school board.Both buildings were evacuated because the caller did not say which building contained the bomb, said Sgt. Richard Bader, chief of court security for the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
A hazardous materials unit and federal agents are investigating a suspicious substance found at the Baltimore office of Rep. Elijah Cummings, officials said.  City fire spokesman Ian Brennan said the substance was being tested, but referred additional questions to the FBI in Baltimore, whose spokesman declined comment. Cummings' office is located at 1010 Park Ave., near the Joseph Meyehoff Symphony Hall in Mid-Town.  Cummings issued the following statement this afternoon: "When my staff arrived at my Baltimore City District office this morning, they found a putty-like substance on the outside of the front door.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
On a sizzling day, one of Maryland's premier summer getaways turned ghost town while an Army bomb squad exploded World War II-era munitions that had washed up at Assateague Island National Seashore. After two muffled explosions late Tuesday morning, a portion of the park reopened, including the main drag, Bayberry Drive, but ocean access and parking were limited, said a park spokeswoman, Rachelle Daigneault. "We are taking our time to make a complete assessment, but we're not anticipating any further issues," said Daigneault, who did not expect the public to cancel plans to visit the island for July 4. Campers milled about and took refuge in the cool darkness of the visitor center movie theater as an ordnance disposal unit from Aberdeen Proving Grounds collected rusted relics - more than 100 pieces - piled them in a pit dug in the soft sand and covered it with blast mats.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
A car rental company located near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Hanover was evacuated for more than four hours on Friday night after employees noticed a suspicious device and alerted police, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal. The device, which had been made to resemble an explosive, was ultimately deemed a "hoax" after the state's bomb squad responded and approached it in the facility's vehicle return cleaning area with a robot, the fire marshal said. Officials first responded to the Avis Car Rental facility in the 7400 block of New Ridge Road about 8:28 p.m., and quickly evacuated and secured the area, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Caryn McMahon.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Baltimore County police said a man was found dead in Chevy Blazer in White Marsh Saturday morning. An officer found the man unresponsive in the SUV along with three hand-written notes. The contents of the notes were not released but police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said they prompted the officer to call for backup. The county's bomb squad and hazmat crews responded to the SUV, which was parked in the area of Crossroads Circle and Williams Court, near White Marsh Boulevard. "It doesn't seem like they recovered anything," such an explosive device from the vehicle, Wachter said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
A bomb squad responded to a possible "explosive device" in College Park early Friday morning, a Prince George's County fire spokesman said. Authorities were called to the 5000 block of Edgewood Road where they removed a suspicious package forcing the evacuation of three homes, department spokesman Mark Brady said. No injuries were reported. "Basically we use procedures that remove any working component so that it become inoperable," Brady said. Forensic tests are being completed on the package but he said, "it definitely had all the appearances of an explosive device.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2012
Two men were arrested Tuesday morning on drug charges after a Baltimore County bomb squad found a chemical inhalant in the basement of a rowhouse in the Parkville-Hillendale area the previous day. Justin Trionfo, 19, who lived at the rowhouse in the 8300 block of Ridgely Oak Road, and Kahrl Retti, 18, of the first block of Bideford Court in Carney, were both charged with two counts of intent to distribute the inhalant found. The inhalant consisted of water mixed with Super Tech starter engine fluid, police said.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2002
An unmarked box found outside Carroll County General Hospital early Friday prompted authorities to close the parking lot and front lobby, and move patients to another wing, officials said. Authorities cordoned off the parking lot where the box was found, and ambulances entered the emergency room from Washington Road instead of Center Street. The box was found to contain an ice pack wrapped in plastic foam, but police said the precautions were merited. "You always err on the side of caution, especially in this day," said Lt. Terry Katz, commander of the Maryland State Police Westminster barracks.
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By Dana DiFilippo and Dana DiFilippo,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 18, 2001
PHILADELPHIA -- She must approach ticking packages, defuse explosives that have the potential to topple buildings and remove deteriorating chemicals that could melt the skin from her bones. It's an assignment Jody Gain requested. "The bomb squad is probably the safest place to be if you're going to be a police officer," said Gain, who has dodged bullets and flying fists during her 10 years as a Philadelphia police officer. "Nobody's shooting at me when I show up. Most people are happy to see us because they called for us."
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The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
Baltimore County police and fire crews responded Monday to a report of potentially hazardous materials in a rowhouse in the Parkville-Hillendale area. Officer Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for the police department, said that shortly after 5 p.m. officers began investigating a 911 report of a strong odor coming from the basement of a residence in the 8300 block of Ridgely Oak Road. Vinson said the county's bomb squad was called to the scene as a precaution. The incident was largely concluded by 8:30 p.m., with no one injured and no property damaged, according to Vinson and Capt.
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Staff reports | July 17, 2012
A State Fire Marshal bomb squad and an Army team from Fort Belvoir, Va., disposed of several pieces of military ordnance - including a live 75mm armor piercing shell - that were found in a home in Westminster on Monday, July 16. Officials said the items, which included explosive training aids, were "rendered safe," after being transported to the Northern Landfill, in Westminster, so they could be handled in a safe environment. The Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a release that the explosive materials had been found in a home in the 700 block of Old Westminster Pike on Monday at about 9 a.m. Officials said the widow of an K-9 trainer who dealt with explosives was in the process of moving items inside the home when she located the materials and notified the Fire Marshal.
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