March 18, 2011

Montgomery County fire officials, FBI investigate explosion at Potomac home

Fire investigators released a photograph of a silver necklace found today at a home where a pipe bomb exploded in Potomac. Investigators believe the necklace, which is made up of five Hebrew letters, may be linked to whomever placed the bomb in front of the residence at 9214 Inglewood Lane, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Investigators know what the necklace says but are not releasing that detail at this time, he said. The necklace says ‘Jennifer' in Hebrew, according to a rabbi at a Rockville temple.

The pipe bomb detonated near a front window sill of the home Wednesday night, emitting an odor that brought hazardous materials investigators and the FBI to the scene, officials said.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance tapes from neighboring homes of the residence to determine who put the pipe bomb on the property, Graham said. No one was home at the time of the explosion, which damaged the window and inside the house. Damage is estimated at $25,000, according to the Fire and Rescue Service.

"We are continuing to evaluate the ingredients of the bomb to determine where they were purchased and where it was made," Graham said. He would not say whether someone who lives at the house created the pipe bomb or if someone else put it on the property.

Neighbors called 911 about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday to report the sound of an explosion in the area of River Road, Harrington Drive and Newbridge Drive, according to the Fire and Rescue Service. SOURCE: Gazette

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