No bomb in Pr. George's, just an accident
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.
The bomb scare Tuesday in a Hyattsville garage turned out to be the result of an innocent but dramatic accident, according to authorities.
No bomb was found in the 3300 block of East-West Highway. But there was a blast.
What happened, said Prince George’s County fire department Maj. Tyrone Forby, was the ignition of acetylene gas that had leaked from a tank in a vehicle.
Forby said a man smelled the gas in the vehicle, and tried to air it out. But when he started the vehicle, an explosion occurred. Forby said the acetylene was apparently intended for use with metal-working equipment.
Investigators have a picture from a surveillance camera of a man in the area around the time of an explosion in a Prince George's parking garage Tuesday.
Police are working to locate the man. He is only a "person of interest," and investigators are not sure if he is connected to the explosion, said Major Tyrone Forby, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS.
Just after 12 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 3300 block of East West Highway for the report of a vehicle allegedly on fire in a garage. Once there they found no vehicle on fire, but they discovered something that looked suspicious.
Bomb technicians confirmed there was an explosion in the parking garage, but they are unsure exactly what caused it or if the suspicious object is related to the explosion.
Forby said they did, however, discover that the airbags on the car deployed, though it's unclear what caused that.
-- Matt Zapotosky
Explosion in Pr. Geo. parking garage
Bomb technicians have confirmed there was an explosion in the parking garage, but they are unsure exactly what caused it or what it was, authorities said.
Major Tyrone Forby, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS department, said it is not even clear that the suspicious object -- found very near a vehicle in the parking garage -- is related to the explosion. He said though the initial calls were reporting a vehicle on fire, firefighters could not find such a fire when they arrived. He said the object, which he could not describe, was found near the car.
Forby said a mixed use commercial and residential building on top of the garage has been evacuated and is being swept by bomb sniffing dogs. Firefighters remain on the scene.
-- Matt Zapotosky
Suspicious object found in Hyattsville
Prince George's County firefighters and bomb technicians are investigating a suspicious object that was discovered Tuesday afternoon in a Hyattsville-area parking garage, authorities said.
Just after 12 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 3300 block of East West Highway for the report of a vehicle allegedly on fire in a garage, said Major Tyrone Forby of the Prince George' s County Police Department. When they arrived, there was no actual vehicle on fire, but they discovered something that looked suspicious and called for the bomb squad, Forby said.
Officials have since deployed a robot and bomb technicians to explore the suspicious object, Forby said. He said investigators believe there was some type of an explosion shortly before firefighters arrival, though it apparently did not leave a car on fire.
Stay tuned for more details.
-- Matt Zapotosky
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| June 15, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Maryland | Tags: hyattsville, prince george's
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