Feds find working bombs, over 100lbs of bomb-making chemicals & booby traps in Maryland home...
(By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News)
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, in the Washington suburbs, 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.
The fire department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in, and in the past week, they've been removing and cataloging all of the dangerous materials stashed in the suburban house, which they showed off to reporters Tuesday:
- Numerous completed bombs.
- More than 100 pounds of chemicals, including acids, fuels, oxidizers and explosives precursors.
- Glass jars labeled "ammonium chloride," sulfur" and "potassium chlorate."
- Additional components of destructive devices, including igniters and detonators.
- Instruction manuals and books detailing explosive manufacturing and booby traps, with titles like "The Poor Man's James Bond," "Booby Traps," "Deadly Brew" and "Highly Explosive Pyrotechnic Compositions."
- Miscellaneous weapons, including an automatic Ruger Mini-14 rifle, other guns and knives.
- Unspecified "controlled dangerous substances" and packaging materials.