Maryland police bust bomb-maker with 100 pounds of explosives at home

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Annapolis, MD, United States (4E) – A Glenn Burnie man was arrested on New Year’s Day and charged with making bombs, possessing explosive materials and reckless endangerment, Anne Arundel County police said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Todd Dwight Wheeler Jr., 28, is being held on a $400,000 bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis since his arrest on Thursday. A relative called 911 and reported a suicidal person leading to Wheeler’s arrest.

Paramedics went to Wheeler’s home and found him with burns to one of his limbs so they took him to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.

Fire investigators secured a warrant for Wheeler’s home on Edgerly Road in the Harundale neighborhood. With agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a bomb squad from Annapolis, they found and seized from Wheeler’s home two homemade explosives Thursday.

Further search of Wheeler’s home on Friday yielded a 37 mm round modified with explosives and a cardboard tube packed with explosive material and a fuse. Also seized were more than 100 pounds of chemicals and bomb-making materials, including glass jars labeled “ammonium chloride,” “potassium chlorate” and “sulfur” as well as several handguns and rifles.

“Whatever his intentions were, the investigation prevented that from happening and prevented people from being injured,” said Capt. Robert Howarth, lead fire investigator in the case, during a news conference at the county Fire Department headquarters in Millersville.

The amount of explosives in Wheeler’s home is enough to cause a blast radius of 50 yards, Howarth said.

Wheeler is refusing to talk to investigators so his motive remains unknown. The preliminary hearing on his case is on Jan. 29 in the District Court in Annapolis.

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