Police: a destructive device found in a vehicle near the school


PARKVILLE, Md. — A man is facing charges after police say an improvised destructive device was found in his vehicle across from a Maryland college on Tuesday.

Baltimore County police wrote in charging documents that after the device was disabled, a test found it contained materials that, in combination, are “consistent with a homemade improvised explosive mixture” and that an initiation system would allow him to ignite by remote control, The Baltimore Sun reported. The college and a nearby primary school were evacuated on Tuesday, but police said in a Press release Wednesday that it does not appear that the school was the intended target.

Police found Joseph Vickery, 43, of Mount Airy around the college and he allegedly told police there was an ‘explosive device inside his vehicle’ and admitted to building an explosive device, according to charging documents.

Handwritten bomb-making instructions, fertilizer and a table stove were found in his vehicle, according to charging documents. A search of his hotel room reportedly revealed materials used to make explosive devices as well as drugs.

Vickery is charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device with intent to create a destructive device and knowingly making, possessing or distributing a destructive device and drug and weapons offenses, according to court records. He is being held without bond and court records do not mention any lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

A woman who was also arrested on Tuesday told officers Vickery began searching for explosives after a falling out with her mother.


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