Reporting Meghan McCorkell
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — The bomb squad and ATF descended on an Anne Arundel County neighborhood after a report that someone was manufacturing incendiary devices inside a Glen Burnie home.
Meghan McCorkell spoke with neighbors in that area.
Neighbors say the man who lives in the home told people he makes homemade fireworks but an alarming incident Sunday night brought out authorities.
WJZ was there as the fire marshal and federal agents loaded evidence found inside a Glen Burnie home into a van.
Neighbors say two blasts rocked the community Sunday night.
“It was like two big, large explosions, and the first one didn’t rock the house too bad but the second one did,” said Bobbie Walker.
Monday morning, they say the man living inside that home was taken away in handcuffs.
“As far as I know, he makes homemade fireworks in his basement and they’re so loud they set off every car alarm in the neighborhood,” said Herb Walker.
Investigators got a search warrant and began removing several items from the home–including a number of weapons.
From Sky Eye Chopper 13, you could see a containment tent set up right in the middle of the street.
“We counted at least 10 pieces of fire equipment here. A small police presence as well,” said Captain Jeff Long.
The Fire Marshal’s Office shut down McGuirk Avenue for more than six hours as they investigated.
Community members say they’ve heard explosions around the neighborhood for a while now, never knowing where they were coming from. Many are just relieved no one was injured.
“This is kind of a scary situation where somebody could have been hurt. Like I said he could hurt somebody else and himself,” Walker said.
Fire officials did not evacuate any homes during during the search.
Investigators are not yet saying if any charges have been filed in this case.
Fire officials say they will not release any more details on this case until their investigation is complete.