MCFRS News Release

Potomac Explosion Under Investigation

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9:15 p.m. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the area of Harrington Drive/River Road/Newbridge Drive in Potomac in response to numerous 911 calls reporting the sound of an explosion in the area. Upon arrival, first responders encountered an unusual odor in the area. Hazardous Materials teams, Fire and Explosive Investigators and additional firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene.

First arriving firefighters discovered a window blown out in a residence in the 9200 block of Inglewood Drive and requested additional resources. Fire and Explosive Investigators located an explosive device that had detonated in front of the residence resulting in damage to windows and the interior of the house. No one was home at the time of the blast and initial damage is estimated at $25,000.  

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. The Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators, Montgomery County Police and the FBI are coordinating the invesitgation into the incident.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is urged to call the Montgomery County Fire and Explosives Tip Line at 240-777-2263. Callers can remain anonymous and the tip line is available 24-hours a day.