In a disturbing development out of Maryland this Tuesday, a man is being held on $400,000 bond after authorities discovered live bombs and 100 pounds of bomb-making materials, along with booby traps set throughout the man’s home.
Twenty-eight year-old Todd Dwight Wheeler Jr. of Glen Burnie was held on two counts of making explosives, two counts of possessing explosive materials and one single count of reckless endangerment. Federal charges are still pending.
Authorities still have no idea what Wheeler had planned. According to a statement from Anne Arundel County Police, the suspect is refusing to cooperate, which is making their investigation difficult.
“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.
If the bombs would have exploded, they could have had a blast radius big enough to “have taken out the house and the surrounding houses,” said fire Capt. Robert Howarth, the lead investigator.
According to a report from NBC News, the items found in Wheeler’s possession were as follows:
- 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.
“The potential damage to any of the homes in the vicinity the residence would have been extensive if any of the devices would have detonated,” the fire department said.
Wheeler is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 29 in Anne Arundel County District Court.