WASHINGTON - Anne Arundel County police have arrested a Glen Burnie, Md., man after finding suspected bombs and bomb-making materials inside his house.
A relative of 28-year-old Todd Wheeler called 911 on Jan. 1 for medical help. Officers went to the relative's Millersville home and found Wheeler with serious injuries that looked like he'd been near a chemical blast. The nature of his injuries led police to Wheeler's home on Edgerly Court.
"Numerous chemicals as well as weapons, and CDS, were found within the home. All of these materials which included acids, fuels, oxidizers, and explosive precursors have been sent to the lab for analysis," says Division Chief Keith Swindle with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Investigators don't know Wheeler's motives, but say he is being held on a $400,000 bond and faces multiple counts of possessing destructive devices, manufacturing destructive devices and reckless endangerment.
"If there was a detonation that had occurred, estimates were that everything within 50 yards of the home would have been damaged," Swindle says.
ATF and county investigators spent a few days at the home collecting and securing evidence, Swindle says. They closed the street as an initial precaution after seeing the amount of potential threats, including two booby traps that were not set to deploy.
"Upon arrival at the home, there were numerous items that were evident to anyone who would walk through the home. This included weapons and other devices lying about the house," Swindle says.
There is no longer any danger to neighbors or anyone inside the home. Wheeler did live with one other person, whose name is not being released.
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