Todd Dwight Wheeler, Jr. accused of making destructive devices
Updated: January 7, 2014 - 05:48 pm
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Authorities may have averted a catastrophic situation in an Anne Arundel County neighborhood late last week after discovering a large amount of explosive material inside a Glen Burnie home.
Anne Arundel County Police say they found more than 100 pounds of chemicals, fuels, detonators and instructions on how to create bombs and booby traps inside the Edgerly Place home last week.
Todd Dwight Wheeler, 28, now faces charges of manufacturing and possessing destructive devices and another count of reckless endangerment. Investigators say that what they found were all the ingredients of a home-grown terror attack.
"These materials were capable of injuring, maiming or killing individuals," Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Michael Cox said.
The investigation into Wheeler began on New Year's Day, when authorities were called to the 900 block of Edgerly Place after a family member expressed concern about Wheeler. When they found him, Wheeler was suffering from serious injuries to her upper body that first responders thought were caused by a chemical reaction.
Authorities launched an investigation into the situation, and the next day, detectives began combing the home. They found numerous materials that could be used to construct explosive devices, including fuels, oxidizers, acids, igniters and detonators.
In addition, instruction manuals about how to create booby traps and explosives were discovered, along with guns, knifes and controlled substances.
Detectives believe that if any of the explosives had gone off, damage to neighboring homes would have been extensive. Experts believe that he had enough material to create a blast radius of about 50 yards.
Additional charges against Wheeler are pending.