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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 and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Authorities were trying to determine the cause of a loud sound that emanated from a trash can outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, leading authorities to evacuate the building and shut down city streets. Officials said nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. They were unable to identify the source of the noise or find any incendiary device. "It can't really be pinpointed at this time" said Lt. Carla Lightsey, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, told reporters at the scene.
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September 8, 1995
A couple taking their daily walk in a neighborhood west of Hampstead found a homemade explosive device early yesterday, state police said."It is the most dangerous type of explosive device you can handle, because [it is] unpredictable," said bomb expert Deputy Fire Marshal Jack Waldner, after the device was found on Weaver Lane near Coon Club Road yesterday morning.State police said the improvised explosive device contained six shotgun shells wrapped with black plastic friction tape around a PVC connector holding several .22-caliber and .32-caliber live cartridges.
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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 Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2001
Three Naval Academy midshipmen were charged during the weekend after an explosive device was found on Assateague Island near a party, according to the National Park Service Police. The midshipmen were issued Code of Federal Regulations citations, supervisory park ranger William Reynolds said. One was charged by the park service with possession of an explosive device. The other two were charged with underage possession of alcohol. The midshipmen, all young men, were not arrested, and their names were not released.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1998
A teen-ager who lighted a homemade explosive under a trash can to see how high it would blast the can pleaded guilty yesterday to recklessly endangering other people and was placed on three years' probation.Jerimi J. Kriner, 18, asked Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Clayton R. Greene Jr. "to take mercy on me" because he spent 104 days in jail awaiting trial. His bail had been set at $5,000. Kriner's attorney, Gill Cochran, described the February event as the prank of a curious, if troubled, youth.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | November 14, 2003
A 14-year-old Fulton boy was arrested after he told a Reservoir High School staff member that he had a pipe bomb, police and school officials said yesterday. The teen, who was arrested after school at his home Wednesday, did not threaten to use the pipe bomb at the school or against students, police and school officials said. Working with the state fire marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Howard County police searched the boy's home and recovered the pipe bomb Wednesday afternoon, police said.
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By A SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2008
A man who was stopped yesterday morning and questioned by a police officer near the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus was arrested after a makeshift explosive device fell from his knapsack when he fought with the officer, authorities said. The man was being questioned by detectives, and charges had not been filed yesterday evening. His name was not released. Sterling Clifford, a Baltimore police spokesman, said the man was stopped by the university officer in the 800 block of W. Baltimore St. about 7:30 a.m. "The man was clutching his side as if he was trying to conceal a weapon," Clifford said.
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By Richard Irwin | November 19, 2002
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Baltimore City Northeastern District Cutting: A 17-year-old was outside a convenience store in the 6000 block of Harford Road about 6:45 p.m. yesterday when another youth cut him on the side. The victim was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Western District Armed carjacking: A 61-year-old driver had stopped his car at a stop sign in the 1500 block of Baker St. about 10:20 p.m. Sunday when two men, one with a handgun, forced him out and took his red 1997 Toyota Corolla with tags EYH 174. Eastern District Robbery/arrest: A man entered Burger King in the 4100 block of Pulaski Highway about 7 p.m. Sunday and ordered employees onto the floor while demanding money.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | July 23, 1996
City police searched two Greyhound buses at the Baltimore Travel Plaza in the 5600 block of O'Donnell St. last night, looking for an explosive device that an anonymous caller said was aboard one of the vehicles.One bus was headed for Atlanta, where the Olympic Games are being held, and the other for Richmond, Va.No bomb or any other explosive device had been found during a search that began about 5: 20 p.m. and was continuing late last night, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold, a police spokesman.
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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 John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
From USA's description of the "Second Time Around" episode of Political Animals : "With the clock ticking, Elaine sends Bud to diffuse the Iranian hostage situation. ... "               A sharper awareness of buried metaphors might help people sort out their confusion about homonyms. Free rein , letting go of control, for example, comes from horseback riding, understanding of which makes free reign nonsense. In the Political Animals episode, Elaine wants Bud to defuse the hostage situation, to render it harmless, as one defuses an explosive device.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
Howard County Police are warning of a spate of so-called "bottle bomb" pranks in which plastic soda containers are filled with chemicals and left to explode. County residents have reported five bottle bomb incidents to police this year. Nine incidents were reported in 2011, police said. Victims of the pranks risk injuries to the skin, eyes and lungs. Anyone who finds a suspicious container is advised to stay clear and call 911. Common instructions for the bombs found online call for a mixture of drain cleaner, water and aluminum foil.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
A 24-year-old airman from Westminster was killed when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Saturday. Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler died Thursday in the attack, which killed two other airmen. They were patrolling in Helmand, a southwestern province that remains a Taliban stronghold. "When he joined the Air Force, he blossomed. He became himself," said a cousin, Kalyn Masek, who last communicated with Seidler on Tuesday, his birthday.
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Staff Reports | September 9, 2011
The Office of the State Fire Marshal said this week that an explosion that occurred at a Finksburg home last month was due to a resident mistaking an improvised explosive device for a decorative birthday candle. The explosion occurred on the evening of Aug. 16 in the 2700 block of Piedmont Hollow Drive, Finksburg. According to the fire marshal's office, the residence was damaged, and three people were injured, when the device was mistaken for a candle and lit during a birthday celebration.
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By Cumberland Times News | February 20, 2010
A New York man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Oakland and scheduled to be featured Saturday on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested without incident Wednesday evening near Buckhannon, W.Va., according to the Garrett County Sheriff's Office. Gary Ross LaTray, 51, of Syracuse, was arrested by West Virginia State Police as he slept at the home of a woman he had been living with in Sago, located about seven miles south of Buckhannon. He was arrested after authorities received an anonymous tip on his whereabouts.
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | September 8, 1999
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.
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July 24, 2008
A man arrested near the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus Tuesday after a police officer said he was carrying a makeshift explosive device was charged yesterday with assault, reckless endangerment and concealing a deadly weapon. Baltimore police spokesman Sterling Clifford identified the suspect as Dallas Jermaine Smith, 22, who has no fixed address. A District Court commissioner yesterday ordered Smith to be held without bail; his next court appearance has not been set. Clifford said that a university officer stopped the man in the 800 block of W. Baltimore St. on Tuesday morning because he was clutching his side as if he was trying to hide a weapon.
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July 24, 2008
A man arrested near the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus Tuesday after a police officer said he was carrying a makeshift explosive device was charged yesterday with assault, reckless endangerment and concealing a deadly weapon. Baltimore police spokesman Sterling Clifford identified the suspect as Dallas Jermaine Smith, 22, who has no fixed address. A District Court commissioner yesterday ordered Smith to be held without bail; his next court appearance has not been set. Clifford said that a university officer stopped the man in the 800 block of W. Baltimore St. on Tuesday morning because he was clutching his side as if he was trying to hide a weapon.
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By A SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2008
A man who was stopped yesterday morning and questioned by a police officer near the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus was arrested after a makeshift explosive device fell from his knapsack when he fought with the officer, authorities said. The man was being questioned by detectives, and charges had not been filed yesterday evening. His name was not released. Sterling Clifford, a Baltimore police spokesman, said the man was stopped by the university officer in the 800 block of W. Baltimore St. about 7:30 a.m. "The man was clutching his side as if he was trying to conceal a weapon," Clifford said.
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