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Police arrest man charged with making destructive devices
11:46 PM, Jan 2, 2014
6:00 PM, Jan 3, 2014
GLEN BURNIE, Md. - An arrest has been made in connection to homemade destructive devices in a Glen Burnie home.
Investigators say they found "destructive devices" inside of a home Thursday on Edgerly Road in in the Harundale neighborhood.
Marie Lukaszczyk lives one street away from the home – she says she heard a loud bang late Wednesday afternoon.
"It just sounded like a big boom," she said. "And we just thought it was an accident; we were waiting for the sirens and no sirens ever came."
That's because it wasn't a car accident. Police say it was an explosion inside the home.
The man who lives there, Todd Wheeler, Jr. had to be taken to the hospital, and that led to questions about what had happened to him.
Police came to the home and what they found caused them to call in the bomb squad, bomb-sniffing dogs and the bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms.
"We're currently doing a survey and a sweep of that home to determine what is contained within and what type of devices could potentially be located inside," said Division Chief Keith Swindle of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Police say Wheeler was charged with 2 counts manufacturing destructive devices, 2 counts of possession of destructive devices, and 1 count of reckless endangerment.
Chief Swindle would not say whether the chemical and mechanical items found in the home could be used to make bombs or manufacture drugs, only that: "Some of the things that have been found could be used in several different ways."
Investigators say no devices were found outside of the home and there was no need to evacuate any homes nearby, based on what they found inside.