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Law Enforcers: Bomb-Making Materials Could Have Caused Extensive Damage

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Law enforcement officials from Anne Arundel County and the federal government say extensive damage would have resulted if homemade bombs found in a Glen Burnie home had detonated.

Officials with the county police and fire departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives on Tuesday described the devices and materials found Jan. 2 at the home of 28-year-old Todd Dwight Wheeler Jr.

Officers say a search of the home turned up more than 100 pounds of chemicals, including acids, fuels, oxidizers and explosive precursors. Police also say igniters, detonators, books on explosive manufacturing and guns and knives were found.

Wheeler was charged Thursday with manufacturing a destructive device, possessing a destructive device and reckless endangerment. Online court documents do not list a lawyer for Wheeler.

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