MCFRS News Release

Homemade Explosive Device Detonated

Investigators Seek Information

Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators are looking for information regarding the intentional detonation of several homemade explosive devices in the Olney area during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, September 17, 2006.

The destructive devices caused small explosions on a front porch of a home near Bowie Mill Road and Wachs Terrace, in Olney. The explosions in this case resulted in minor cosmetic damage to the structure, but were potentially very damaging. Homemade devices can be hazardous and hurtful to both the bomb maker and the intended target. Of course, the primary danger to the maker is there is no industry safety standard related to homemade explosives and it is difficult to control and/or predict when a particular device will detonate once it has been armed. Investigators believe these devices were constructed using common, over-the-counter household materials.

The penalty for possession and use of explosive devices can be up to 25 years in jail and/or up to $250,000 in fines. Montgomery County Fire and Explosive investigators are looking for information in this case. Anyone with possible information or knowledge is being asked to contact the Montgomery County Arson Tipline at 240.777.2263 or Montgomery County Crimesolvers at 1-800-673-2777.