Maryland Bomb-Maker Thwarted; Over 100 Pounds Of Explosives Seized
The arrest happened a week ago, on New Year’s Day, when a relative called police with concerns about the suspect’s mental health. He was found with “injuries consistent with those caused by a chemical reaction“:
A Maryland man was being held on $400,000 bond Tuesday after local, state and federal authorities discovered working bombs, more than 100 pounds of bomb-making chemicals and numerous manuals for creating bombs and booby traps in his home, police said.
The man, Todd Dwight Wheeler Jr., 28, of Glen Burnie, near Baltimore, was held on two counts of making explosives, two counts of possessing explosive materials and one single count of reckless endangerment. Federal charges were pending.
Anne Arundel County police said they had no idea what Wheeler might have been planning, because he’s refusing to cooperate, but “what is clear is that these materials were capable of maiming, killing or injuring human beings,” Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Michael Cox said at a news conference Tuesday.
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The bombs, if exploded, would have a blast radius of more than 150 feet — big enough to “have taken out the house and the surrounding houses,” said fire Capt. Robert Howarth, the lead investigator.