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Man Arrested After Bomb-Making Chemicals, Firearms Found in Home Faces New Charges

The Glen Burnie man faces additional charges of possessing a machine gun and drug possession.

Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was charged with creating bombs from chemical compounds that could have produced a blast radius of up to 50 meters if activated. Credit: AACPD
Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, was charged with creating bombs from chemical compounds that could have produced a blast radius of up to 50 meters if activated. Credit: AACPD

A Glen Burnie man arrested earlier this month in the making of homemade bombs and having 100 pounds of bomb-making materials in his house, faces new criminal charges after he was indicted Friday by an Anne Arundel County grand jury, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Todd Dwight Wheeler, 28, now faces charges including nine counts of possessing a destructive device, nine counts of manufacturing a destructive device, three counts of possession of materials to make a destructive device, possession of a machine gun for an aggressive purpose, reckless endangerment, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, the newspaper reports.

Investigators say Wheeler was creating bombs from chemical compounds, but his motive is unknown.

According to an earlier Patch story, police and fire investigators found more than 100 pounds of chemicals that could be made into bombs—in addition to already completed bombs, firearms and manuals for creating explosives and booby traps, including "The Poor Man's James Bond" and "Ragnar's Homemade Detonators." 

Investigators said Wheeler was in the process of modifying a flare gun to shoot improvised explosive devices in addition to other bombs. During the search of the residence officers located numerous completed destructive devices.

Wheeler's devices were capable of "maiming, injuring or killing," said Fire Chief Michael Cox.

Police first learned of the bomb-making materials on New Year's Day after someone contacted authorities saying Wheeler was suicidal. His body is covered with some burns, which are believed to have been caused by a blast, police said.

Wheeler was originally charged with two counts of manufacturing a destructive device, two counts of possession of a destructive device, and one count of reckless endangerment. 

Wheeler is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center, the Sun reports.

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