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By Rebekah Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
SHREWSBURY, Pa. — A bold warning adorns the outside of the Phantom Fireworks showroom just over the Maryland line: "Pennsylvania residents not permitted entry. " But Marylanders are most certainly welcome here. The parking lot is typically full of cars bearing Maryland license plates and with shoppers filling up their trunks with fireworks that have names like the "New York Salute" and the "Lock and Load. " The explosives can be purchased in Pennsylvania but not used there, hence the ban on state residents.
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ALLAN VOUGHT | AEGIS STAFF | September 21, 2014
A fire in a garage and workshop on a farm near Churchville Saturday caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to the 30-by-90 foot structure and its contents, state fire investigators said. A preliminary investigation disclosed the fire was caused when gasoline vapors made contact with a hot engine on a zero turn lawn mower during refueling, according to a notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office. In addition to the lawn mower, a Ford F150 pickup truck and other equipment stored inside the building was damaged, investigators said.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
Maryland's Fire Marshall has banned sky lanterns, the increasingly popular paper balloons that are sent aloft by the heat of a candle or fuel cell suspended from the bottom. "They're made with oiled rice paper and bamboo - it's almost kindling," said Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce D. Bouch. "They have to land somewhere, and sometimes they're still partly on fire when they hit the ground. They've been known to ignite dry vegetation. " Bouch said the fire marshal's office frequently gets calls from people interested in using sky lanterns in weddings or other celebrations who want to know if they are legal in Maryland.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
The state fire marshal is warning the public of a game in which participants pour an accelerant onto their bodies and then set themselves on fire. No injuries related to the "Fire Challenge" game have been reported in Maryland, but Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said he wants to get the word out about it after emergency rooms around the country have seen people with severe burns caused by the activity. Participants in the "fire challenge" light themselves on fire and then post footage of themselves on social media sites, he said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
The state fire marshal is warning the public of a game in which participants pour an accelerant onto their bodies and then set themselves on fire. No injuries related to the "Fire Challenge" game have been reported in Maryland, but Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said he wants to get the word out about it after emergency rooms around the country have seen people with severe burns caused by the activity. Participants in the "fire challenge" light themselves on fire and then post footage of themselves on social media sites, he said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 18, 2000
Bob Thomas, a veteran fire inspector and former spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, has been named chief deputy state fire marshal, the agency's No. 2 position. Thomas, 47, who recently served as commander of the fire marshal's Bel Air office, replaces Robert H. Shimer, who retired last month after 28 years with the fire marshal's office. Thomas' duties include overseeing the agency's five regional offices and its bomb squad. A resident of Joppa and a member and former president of the Harford County school board, Thomas has worked 22 years in the state fire marshal's office.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1994
Rewards totaling $10,000 have been offered by the state fire marshal's office for information leading to arrests in two arson cases last week in Carroll County.A reward of $5,000 is in connection with the burning of a house under construction in New Windsor, which was destroyed by an arson fire Saturday morning.The blaze was discovered about 4:20 a.m. and the building was fully engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. About 40 fire volunteers from New Windsor, Winfield and Mount Airy battled the blaze for 30 minutes before they were able to bring it under control, according to deputy chief state fire marshal Bob Thomas.
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April 4, 1995
The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that destroyed a convenience store in Columbia's Oakland Mills village Sunday.The WAWA Food Market in the 5100 block of Thunder Hill Road was left charred by the 3:20 a.m. blaze. No injuries were reported, fire officials said.It took firefighters about two hours to put out the fire, which caused $400,000 in damage, officials said.Old Guilford Road to close for improvementsThe State Highway Administration will close Old Guilford Road between Cedar Lane and Freetown Road this month for about two months.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1995
State Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele has announced that his office has been awarded a federal grant of $200,000 from the U.S. Fire Administration as part of a $2 million arson prevention program enacted by Congress in 1994.Maryland was one of nine states to receive grants, said Mr. Gabriele, who announced last week that the money will be used to improve training of fire and arson investigators and to develop a uniform mechanism for reporting arson.The grant money also will be used to initiate a public safety education program aimed at preventing arson and to help the fire marshal ensure that arson information is forwarded to the National Incident Reporting System and the National Fire Data Center.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | August 4, 1996
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office will relocate one of its regional operations to Westminster tomorrow as part of a reorganization.Bob Thomas, deputy chief fire marshal, will manage the more centrally located office at 1004 Littlestown Pike, near Carroll County Airport.Previously in Ellicott City, the Metro Region office will include Frederick, Carroll, Howard and western Baltimore counties.Thomas, who doubles as director of public affairs for the state fire marshal, said the reorganization will deploy resources and personnel better.
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Staff Reports | May 16, 2014
The Office of the State Fire Marshal says a propane leak in the basement of the business in northern Carroll County was the origin and cause for an explosion that injured two female employees Thursday. The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road, an area north of Westminster. According to the fire marshal's office, Heather Bree Harbi, 38, was transported by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center with first- and second-degree burns to her upper body.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 19, 2014
A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to an Perryman home Friday night. The fire was reported at 10:10 p.m. in the 800 block of Chelsea Road, according to the Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page on Facebook. Heavy fire was showing through the roof of the single family dwelling, which was later determined to be unoccupied, according to the Facebook page. A second alarm was called for at 10:21 p.m. with heavy fire still showing. Firefighters were evacuated from the home because of its structural integrity and a propane leak; "defensive operations only at this time," the association reported.
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March 8, 2014
A house fire in Carroll County on Friday resulted in an estimated $225,000 in damage and displaced the homeowner, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The fire occurred was reported at about 4:45 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of East Lawndale Road in the Reisterstown area. It took about 45 minutes to control the blaze, the fire marshal's office said. The preliminary cause was listed as accidental; combustible items near a heating source. The owner was displaced and was being assisted by relatives, fire officials said.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
A fire in Carroll County late Wednesday caused $200,000 in damage, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. The blaze occurred about 9:21 p.m. in the 6600 block of Jacks Court, Mount Airy. The incident drew about 50 firefighters and took about an hour to contain, according to release from the fire marshal's office. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said. According to the release, there was about $100,000 in structural damage, and another $100,000 in damage to contents.
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By Carrie Wells and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
An early-morning fire swept through a rental house just off the campus of Frostburg State University on Friday, leaving a student dead and destroying the building. University President Jonathan Gibralter wrote in an email to the campus community that Lateef Gazal, a senior business administration major from Bowie, was killed. "We offer our deepest condolences to Lateef's family and friends, and we ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers and offer them support in these difficult days to come," Gibralter wrote.
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By Blair Ames, Bames@tribune.com | January 24, 2014
An accidental fire that started in a void space above Jin's Asian Bistro in the Oklahoma Center shopping center became a two-alarm blaze that damaged several units of the Eldersburg strip mall late Thursday night, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said Friday. The fire, which began at an electrical outlet above Jin's, caused about $250,000 in damages, including $200,000 to the building itself, according to a notice of investigation from the State Fire Marshal's Office.
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March 12, 2002
The state fire marshal's office is seeking information in the pipe bombing of a roadside mailbox south of Westminster. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when a homeowner in the 2500 block of Nicodemus Road heard a noise, according to the investigator's report. Minor damage to the door of the large steel mailbox was discovered Sunday morning, with the remains of what appeared to be a pipe bomb inside, authorities said. Recovered was a 6-inch length of galvanized pipe, which was sent to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for analysis.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 22, 2003
William Martin, a retired fire marshal and firefighter from Baltimore, started work yesterday as Carroll County's new emergency management coordinator, said Howard S. Redman, the county's director of public safety. Redman said that Martin was one of eight candidates interviewed by a committee of volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state. Martin is to work with Carroll fire companies to update an operations plan for natural disasters, hazardous material responses and other emergencies.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 5, 2013
A mattress was set against a wooden fence in Edgewood early Tuesday morning and set on fire, fire investigators said. The fire, which caused an estimated $1,000 in damage, was set along a fence to the rear of a home in the 800 block of Sailboat Court. It was reported at 2:02 a.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Ten firefighters extinguished the fire in 10 minutes, according to the notice. Anyone with information is asked to call the fire marshal's office, 410-836-4844.
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August 5, 2013
The State Fire Marshal's Office says two people received non-life-threatening injuries in a fire that occurred in Westminster just before midnight Sunday. The fire was in the 500 block of Bear Branch Road in the southern portion of Westminster, near Winfield, in a single-story house. The one-alarm blaze was reported at 11:58 p.m. Sunday, and took about 30 minutes to control. Thirty-five firefighters were called to the scene. Damage was estimated at about $30,000 to the structure, and about $20,000 for contents.
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