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Three people suffered non life-threatening injuries this morning in an explosion at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills.

Two patients -- an adult and a child -- were transported to local hospitals. The third, an adult, was treated at the scene. Both adults had been working in the boiler room area, where the explosion occurred.

Baltimore County Fire Department units were dispatched to the private preparatory school in the 8600 block of McDonogh Rd., 21117, at 8:31 a.m. for a report of an explosion at the "shot tower" -- a smokestack connected to a boiler room.

First-arriving crews found the top of the shot tower blown off and bricks from the tower strewn in the vicinity. BCoFD personnel immediately set up a collapse zone and searched adjacent structures for trapped victims; the search was negative. 

The two employees working in the boiler room, as well as students and employees in nearby buildings, self-evacuated. 

There was no fire as a result of the explosion. About 20 pieces of fire equipment responded to this call.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) was dispatched and will handle the investigation.

Update -- July 18, 11:15 a.m.:

BCoPD fire investigators have determined that Tuesday's explosion in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227, was accidental. A contractor working in the home was refinishing a bathtub when chemicals involved in the process ignited. Investigators said there were multiple possible sources of ignition. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

The contractor suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center.

Original post:

A man was seriously injured this afternoon inHouse explosion with fire, 4200 block Twin Circle Way, Lansdowne a house explosion and fire in Lansdowne.

The patient, reportedly 29 years old, was transported by ground to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. He originally was classified a Priority 1 patient, but later was downgraded to Priority 2.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 12:02 p.m. to a townhouse explosion with fire in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227. Callers to 911 reported an odor of gas at the location and the sound of an explosion.

First-arriving crews reported heavy fire with the back wall in danger of collapse and, at 12:10 p.m, requested a working fire assignment. Crews knocked the fire at 12:22 p.m. The home suffered heavy damage. Three other units suffered less severe damage.

The patient reportedly was working at the home when the incident occurred. A family of four was at home at the time and self-evacuated.

An investigation will be conducted by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

Baltimore County Police have charged a volunteer firefighter after explosive devices were detonated behind an elementary school in Dundalk last weekend.

Police responded to Berkshire Elementary School at 7431 Poplar Avenue, 21224 just after midnight Saturday morning, November 17, for a report of an explosion. Members of the Baltimore County Police Hazardous Devices Team responded to the scene and located evidence of a small package explosion on a bench behind the school. Investigators also obtained surveillance video of the incident that depicted a suspect placing a box on the bench, igniting the box and running away.

Similar calls were received late Monday night at the same location for possible shots fired or an explosion heard. Investigators located a charred area and debris near a tree behind Berkshire Elementary School around 11:38 p.m. At that time, an officer canvassing the area located a suspicious subject in an alley behind the school, identifying him as Anthony Dale Reed (20) of the 500 block of 48th Street, 21224. Reed was carrying a scanner and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter. He was questioned and released at the scene.

Bomb Technician Officers and Detectives from the Arson Investigation Team collaborated on the investigations and positively identified the suspect seen on school surveillance as Anthony Reed.

Additionally, detectives from the Dundalk Precinct began collaborating with the Hazardous Devices Team on a call they were investigating for a bomb threat on November 15 in which the caller threatened to activate a destructive device in the Berkshire community. None was located in that incident. The investigation into this has also identified Reed as the suspect.

Reed, who police have confirmed is an active volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County, is charged with the following:

  • Manufacture/Possess/Distribute a Destructive Device
  • Possession of Explosive/Incendiary Material with Intent to Create Destructive Device
  • 2nd Degree Malicious Burning
  • Trespassing on School Grounds
  • Threat of Arson

Reed was arrested at his home on a warrant around 7:30 p.m. last night. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017