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The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the second incident involving homemade bombs this month.
Charles County sheriff’s officers were called to a home on Golden Eagle Place in Waldorf at 3:51 p.m. July 9 after a homeowner heard a series of loud explosions to the rear of her fenced-in yard.
Officers arrived to find six chemical reaction bombs, often referred to as soda bottle bombs, scattered across a nearby walking path.
Officers called in the fire marshal’s bomb squad to assist. Two of the destructive devices did not explode and were rendered safe.
The investigation is continuing.
This is the second instance this monthin which the sheriff’s office and fire marshals have investigated soda bottle bomb explosions.
This week, a 14-year-old boy was charged with manufacture, possession and distribution of a destructive device after an investigation determined he intentionally set the devices on his neighbor’s front lawn and doorstep July 4. The homeowner called police after finding the detonated components the next morning.
The boy was later released into his parents’ custody pending action from the Charles County Department of Juvenile Services.
In May, a Pomfret home was the target of 12 homemade bombs.
According to information provided by the fire marshal, penalties for homemade bombs such as soda bottle bombs can be up to 25 years in prison or $250,000 in fines. Anyone with information on the most recent Waldorf case or the incident in Pomfret is asked to contact the fire marshal’s office at 443-550-6820.