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Man Charged With Making Explosive Devices In His Glen Burnie Home

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — A shocking discovery inside an Anne Arundel County home. Investigators find chemicals, explosives and evidence those explosives were being made on-site.

The man who lives there is now facing serious charges.

Christie Ileto has more on the dangerous materials that could take days to clear out.

Police say the investigation could go well into the weekend. Residents say they are stunned this is happening steps from their front doors.

Anne Arundel County fire and federal agents swarmed a Glen Burnie home Friday. It’s day two of an investigation into whether homeowner Todd Wheeler Jr. had been making explosives inside.

“It’s very scary because, you know, I have a wife and kids,” said resident Josh Phillips.

Residents are in disbelief. Police say Wheeler faces manufacturing, possession of a destructive device and reckless endangerment charges.

Agents began searching his home after county fire says he was treated for injuries caused by a chemical or mechanical reaction.

In charging documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun, various chemicals, a 37mm round modified with explosives and a cardboard tube with explosive material have already been recovered.

If detonated, officials say both devices could have destroyed the home Wheeler shared with a young lady, as well as homes nearby.

“I only live a couple houses down. It would have damaged my house, hurt family, hurt my kids,” Phillips said.

The motive for having all the explosives inside the home remains a mystery, but a neighbor who lives next door says the couple kept to themselves.

“It’s shocking, but thank God. It could have been worse,” said Augustine Ukpelew.

Residents on Edgerly Road are counting their blessings, hoping this so-called “quiet neighborhood street” stays just that.

The woman living at the home with Wheeler has not been charged.

Wheeler is being held on a $400,000 bond.

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