Destructive device found in vehicle near Maryland school


A man is facing charges after police said an improvised destructive device was found in his vehicle outside a Maryland high school on Tuesday.

Baltimore County police wrote in charging documents that once the device was disabled, a test found it contained materials that in combination are “consistent with an improvised homemade explosive mixture” and an initiation system would allow it to ignite by remote control, The Baltimore Sun reported _ The high school and a nearby elementary school were evacuated Tuesday, but police said in a Press release on Wednesday that it doesn’t look like school was the intended target.

Police found Joseph Vickery, 43, of Mount Airy around the high school and reportedly told police there was an “explosive device inside his vehicle” and admitted to building an explosive device, according to the charging documents.

Handwritten instructions for making bombs, fertilizer and a tabletop stove were found in his vehicle, according to charging documents. A search of his hotel room allegedly turned up materials used to make explosive devices along with drugs.

Vickery is charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device with intent to create a destructive device and knowingly manufacturing, 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 list any attorneys who can comment on his behalf.

A woman who was also arrested Tuesday told officers that Vickery began investigating explosives after a fight with her mother.

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