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August 27, 2011
Some residents of Laurel reported they received automated phone calls telling them to evacuate on Thursday, but those calls were not meant for them, city officials said. Laurel City Spokesman James Collins said a few apartment residents in Emerson, at Fourth Street and Cherry Lane, and in Westchester, on Contee Road, erroneously received automated telephone calls around 6 p.m. Thursday, telling them of a mandatory evacuation. Collins said the city is working with the state's emergency operation center to track where the calls were coming from.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The energy company Dominion said Tuesday that it is exploring developing an alternate evacuation route for some residential neighbors of its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant, prompting opponents to question anew assertions by the company and federal regulators that the facility poses no significant safety or environmental risks. Karl R. Neddenien, spokesman for the Richmond, Va.-based company, declined to offer details but said Dominion is "looking into" establishing an alternate route for residents living on Cove Point to get away should there be an emergency at the facility.
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By The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2010
The Macy's department store at Towson Town Center was reopened after a brief evacuation Saturday morning, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. A fire extinguisher had accidentally discharged, a department spokesman said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
An anonymous call reporting an armed person holding a hostage at the University of Maryland, College Park prompted campus police to search the Main Administration building and two others Wednesday before declaring the report unfounded. When the call came in at 3:27 p.m., the department evacuated and swept the administration building, which houses the offices of the president and provost, and nearby Lee and Mitchell buildings, police said. Lee and Mitchell contain the bursar and registrar's offices, respectively.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
A child's medical device left near the AMC movie theater in White Marsh Saturday triggered a brief evacuation of the cinema, Baltimore County police said. Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough said police received a call around 3:30 p.m. for a report of a suspicious package. About 30 minutes later the child's parents returned and retrieved the device, which McCullough described as a nebulizer. Such devices convert liquid medicine into mist that patients can inhale. Social media users first reported being evacuated from the theater and posted pictures of police responding to the scene.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
A bomb threat at the Lowe's store at Westview Shopping Center in Catonsville caused the store to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore County police said. An unidentified person called the store in the 5900 block of Baltimore National Pike just after 4 p.m. and said there was a bomb in the store, and store management immediately evacuated the building, police said. Police responded shortly after with bomb-sniffing dogs, said Louise Rogers-Feher, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2011
Four days after Port Deposit was evacuated because of a flooding Susquehanna River, public officials on Sunday began letting some residents move back into their homes but delayed the return for others whose properties suffered the most damage. By Sunday evening, about two-thirds of the town's population of 800 had been cleared for re-entry, according to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs. She said officials hoped to clear the rest to move by Tuesday. Residents of the south side of town, which generally received less damage than the north side, were the first to be approved for re-entry.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
A gas leak in Glen Burnie caused the temporary evacuation of about a dozen residents and left nine homes without gas Wednesday evening, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. A fire department spokesman said Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. would likely restore gas to the nine affected homes by the end of Wednesday, and that the residents had all made arrangements to stay elsewhere overnight. The 6-inch gas line in the 500 block of Delmar Avenue was accidentally ruptured about 4 p.m. when contractors were working to fix a water main break, BGE officials said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
An electrical fire forced an evacuation of the Sea Colony high-rise complex in Bethany Beach Thursday. A power surge caused a small fire inside an electrical room in one of the buildings, causing the evacuation at about 4 p.m., said Joe Hopple, spokesman with Bethany Beach Fire Company. He said the surge was caused by a downed wire. Smoke from the fire filled the complex, located at the Coastal Highway and Pennsylvania Avenue split, but the fire was contained, he said. Residents were able to return after 35 firefighters secured to complex, he said, and power was restored.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
A suspicious package left under a bench outside the Towson public library that led to the building's evacuation Saturday morning turned out to be harmless, county police reported. The bag contained clothes that had been left as a donation to the homeless, police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said. Police received a report at 11:11 a.m. of a package that had been left behind by two men, Wachter said. The county's hazardous devices team was called to the scene. The library and a nearby Subway sandwich shop were evacuated, he said, and York Road was closed to traffic between Chesapeake Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The operators of Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have been cited for a miscalculation that federal safety inspectors said might have triggered an unnecessary evacuation or other emergency response to an insignificant radiation leak. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it had preliminarily classified the mistake by Exelon Generation Co. as one of "low to moderate" safety significance. But an NRC spokesman said it could lead to increased federal scrutiny of the twin-reactor plant in Lusby, 70 miles south of Baltimore.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Two businesses and a park were evacuated when an underground natural gas line caught fire Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore County officials said. BGE crews were working to shut off gas after firefighters were called at 1:07 p.m. to the line in the 6900 block of Golden Ring Road. No structures were involved but the businesses in a nearby industrial park and Rosedale Park were evacuated as a precaution, officials said. No injuries were reported. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
A child's medical device left near the AMC movie theater in White Marsh Saturday triggered a brief evacuation of the cinema, Baltimore County police said. Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough said police received a call around 3:30 p.m. for a report of a suspicious package. About 30 minutes later the child's parents returned and retrieved the device, which McCullough described as a nebulizer. Such devices convert liquid medicine into mist that patients can inhale. Social media users first reported being evacuated from the theater and posted pictures of police responding to the scene.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
A dryer caught fire at the laundry room of the Baltimore County Detention Center Friday afternoon, Baltimore County police said. No injuries were reported at the Kenilworth Drive facility in Towson where firefighters were called shortly after 3 p.m. Police said part of Kenilworth Drive was shut down. No evacuations occurred. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 14, 2014
Church Creek Elementary School was evacuated briefly Friday morning while firefighters investigated a possible gas leak. Around 8 a.m., the school's chief custodian reported an odor of gas in the boiler room at the school at 4299 Church Creek Road, according to Lindsay Bilodeau, communications specialsit for Harford County Public Schools. Per the school system's normal procedures, the building was immediately evacuated and the fire department, BGE and school system facilities crews were notified to respond to the school, Bilodeau wrote in an email.  It was determined that a pilot light was out in one of the boilers.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
An explosion in a Glen Burnie home with a gas leak led firefighters to evacuate several neighboring families as a precaution Thursday night, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The home in the 1300 block of Meadowvale Rd. was empty at the time of the explosion, and Baltimore Gas & Electric workers responded to investigate the gas leak, fire department spokesman Keith Swindle said. There were no injuries, and it's not clear whether anyone lives in the house, Swindle said.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2010
Three people rushed to Sinai Hospital Thursday after inhaling gas fumes at the Howard County Distrtict Court in Ellicott City were later treated and released, county fire officials said. The gas came from a cleaning product in use for maintenance, and forced the evacuation of 200 people from the building, which reopened Friday morning. Investigators believe the gas was from chlorine powder being used by a contract maintenance crew working on the ventilation system. A fourth visitor to the building was treated at the scene and a county police officer was treated and released.
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By Richard Irwin | April 25, 2008
Several residents in the 1900 block of Aliceanna St. in Fells Point were evacuated from their homes for several hours last night while a Fire Department hazardous-materials team neutralized a potentially explosive chemical inside a business, a department spokesman said. There were no injuries. Traffic was detoured from the scene. About 8:30 p.m., an employee of Powell Labs Limited noticed a small glass vial containing dry picric acid, a poisonous and explosive yellow crystalline solid used to etch stainless steel, that had been sitting on a shelf for a long time, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.
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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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