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100 Pounds of Bomb-Making Chemicals, Firearms Found in Glen Burnie Man's Home

Suspect was in the process of outfitting a flare gun to shoot improvised explosive devices, investigators said. They found a manual called 'The Poor Man's James Bond.'

Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was charged with creating bombs from chemical compounds that could have produced a blast radius of up to 50 meters if activated. Credit: AACPD
Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was charged with creating bombs from chemical compounds that could have produced a blast radius of up to 50 meters if activated. Credit: AACPD
Bombs being made in a Glen Burnie home could have resulted in a blast radius of up to 50 meters, authorities said at a press conference Tuesday. 

Fire investigators said they believe Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was creating bombs from chemical compounds, but as of  yet do not know why he was making the devices. Authorities said Wheeler has not cooperated with their investigation.

At a home in the Harundale community of Glen Burnie, police and fire investigators found more than 100 pounds of chemicals that could be made into bombs—in addition to already completed bombs, firearms and manuals for creating explosives and booby traps. 

This evidence was on display during a Tuesday press conference. Among the manuals were "The Poor Man's James Bond," "Ragnar's Homemade Detonators," and one on a fully automatic Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

Investigators said Wheeler was in the process of modifying a flare gun to shoot improvised explosive devices in addition to other bombs. 

County Executive Laura Neuman commended local authorities for their actions in preventing what she called a potential domestic terrorist act.

"It is because of them that potentially lives were saved in Anne Arundel County from a suspect who had the capability of causing destruction and terror in our county," Neuman said.

During the search of the residence officials located numerous completed destructive devices, fire officials said in a press release.

Wheeler's devices were capable of "maiming, injuring or killing," said Fire Chief Michael Cox.

"Today is proof that our communities here in Anne Arundel County are not immune, and are no different than Boston, Massachusetts; Aurora, Colorado or Newtown, CT," Cox said.

Police first learned of the bomb-making materials on New Year's Day after someone at a home in Millersville contacted authorities saying Wheeler was suicidal. His body is covered with some burns, which are believed to have been caused by a blast, police said.

Wheeler faces two counts of manufacturing a destructive device, two counts of possession of a destructive device, and one count of reckless endangerment. An agent with the ATF said the agency is looking into the possibility of filing federal charges against Wheeler.

Authorities said the Glen Burnie home has been cleared of any threat and is safe to neighboring homes.
AJ January 10, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Looks like a stand-up guy..

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