Crime, Police/Fire

Suspect charged in connection with Edgewood bomb threat

EDGEWOOD, MD—Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with a Tuesday bomb threat in Edgewood. Deputies with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office have charged Steve Michael Droter, 45 of Abingdon, in connection with the bomb threat at Prince of Peace Church. At just before 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, officers responded to the church, located in the …


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Bomb Squad seizes second inert rocket launcher tube at BWI Airport

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY – The Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority, reported to the Baltimore Washington International Airport at around 5:15 a.m. on Thursday morning for a report of a recovered launch tube located at the American Airlines baggage area. The inert rocket launch tube, empty …


State Fire Marshal warns public of the dangers of fireworks at safety demonstration

HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci joined Howard County Fire and EMS Chief Christine Uhlhorn on Wednesday morning, along with the Maryland State Firemen’s Association and leaders in various medical fields, to present the dangers of legal and illegal fireworks. “There were 17 fireworks-related incidents reported in Maryland last year,” said State Fire Marshal Geraci. “Prevention …

Baltimore County releases 2019 list of Independence Day fireworks displays

TOWSON, MD – Baltimore County has released its 2019 list of dates and locations for fireworks displays that have been approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Additional displays will be added as the Fire Marshal issues permits. Check this page regularly for a display near you. The use of backyard fireworks is illegal.  Some ground-based and hand-held sparklers are legal …

Fire Marshal: Smoke detectors saved Joppa couple

A Joppa couple managed to escape from their burning home after being awakened by smoke detectors on Saturday. Deputy State Fire Marshals credit the life-saving devices for allowing the  husband & wife to escape the blaze. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal says the occupants were in bed and awoke to the sound of their smoke alarms early …

Crews respond to overnight apartment fire in Joppa

Fire personnel responded to an apartment fire in Joppa early on Friday morning. It marked the fourth local dwelling fire in six days, and the second in two days along Trimble Road. At just after 2 a.m., firefighters responded to a call for smoke coming from an apartment in the 300 block of Trimble Road in Joppa. Units from Joppa-Magnolia …

Overnight house fire in Joppa draws response from multiple fire companies

Crews from several local fire companies responded to a house fire in the Joppa area early Thursday morning. At just after 2 a.m., firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire & Emergency Services, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, and White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company responded to the 400 block of Trimble Road. At the scene, crews found a …

Maryland smoke detector law 2018: requirements and what you need to know

The Baltimore County Fire Department says it has heard from many residents with questions about Maryland’s new smoke alarm law, which was signed in 2013 but includes some requirements that just took effect on January 1, 2018. The following fact sheet will clarify the regulation and what it means for residents of the state of Maryland. What the law requires …