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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Date: Jul 3, 2014

UPDATE: Kayla Kellam has been located by detectives.  Please cancel all lookouts.  Thank you for your assistance. 

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's help locating Kayla Kellam, 15, of the 1000 block of Leeds Avenue, 21229.  She was last seen at approximately midnight this morning by family members and may be in emotional distress.  

Kayla Kellam is a black female, 15 years old, 5'5", 125 pounds, with brown eyes and honey blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a gray camisole, gray sweatpants, and silver Nike shoes.  

There is no known direction of travel and she has never been reported missing before. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.

For many people, July Fourth is associated closely with fireworks. However, it’s important to remember that backyard fireworks are prohibited and highly dangerous. Fireworks reach extremely high temperatures and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness.


The use of fireworks is illegal in Maryland, unless the fireworks are part of a public display for which the State Fire Marshal has granted a permit. It is also illegal to purchase fireworks in another state and transport them into Maryland.

Our website has a list of approved public displays in Baltimore County, and the Fire Marshal has a list of approved public displays statewide.

Ground-Based Sparklers

In Baltimore County and most other Maryland counties, it is legal for consumers to purchase and use some handheld and ground-based sparkler devices. Check the State Fire Marshal’s website for a full list of approved ground-based sparkler devices.

Ground-based sparkler devices are prohibited to purchase or use in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Harford County, Howard County and the Town of Ocean City.

Report Dangerous Behavior

If you see someone illegally using fireworks, call 911 immediately. When not operated by professionals, fireworks pose a risk not only to those using them, but also to bystanders and nearby property.

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski visited the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Co. today to announce that Baltimore County firefighters will receive $2.3 million in federal grants to help replace aging equipment.

The money will pay for new self-contained breathing apparatus for career and volunteer stations. The current SCBA inventory is 15 years old and at the end of its life cycle.

The money comes through Assistance to Firefighters Grants. AFG helps fire departments and EMS organizations meet firefighting and emergency response needs.

The AFG grant will not cover the entire cost of replacing SCBA; Baltimore County will contribute significantly to the purchase of this essential gear.

Recruitment and Retention

Senator Mikulski also announced a federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant to Maryland State Firemen’s Association. The $2.3 million grant will be used to help volunteer fire companies recruit and retain well-trained responders.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John Hohman – as well as representatives from the Maryland State and Baltimore County Firemen’s Associations – attended the Rosedale announcement.

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