‘Hoax de­vice’ sent to Mary­land In­de­pen­dent causes build­ing evac­u­a­tion

De­vice turned over to fire mar­shal for in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By SARA NEWMAN snew­man@somd­news.com

Oc­cu­pants of the White Plains Cor­po­rate Cen­ter were evac­u­ated Thurs­day af­ter a sus­pi­cious pack­age con­tain­ing a “hoax de­vice” was de­liv­ered to the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent.

Deputy Fire Marshall Se­nior John Ten­nyson of the bomb squad said no ex­plo­sives were found in the hoax de­vice that was de­signed to re­sem­ble a real bomb.

“The de­vice was made to look dan­ger­ous,” Ten­nyson said.

Ten­nyson said the bomb squad took eva­sive ac­tion to re­motely open the de­vice and de­ter­mined there were no ex­plo­sives inside. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be con­ducted to find the sender of the de­vice. No sus­pects have been de­ter­mined.

Em­ploy­ees were al­lowed to re-en­ter the build­ing around 5:45 p.m.

The build­ing, lo­cated at 4475 Re­gency Place in White Plains, houses sever- al busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the Lung and Sleep In­sti­tute, All Phase Dry­wall, Inc., DaVita White Plains Dial­y­sis Cen­ter, among oth­ers. About 50 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from the build­ing around 3 p.m.

Mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, in­clud­ing the bomb squad, K9 unit, and the Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire

STAFF PHOTO BY ART CROFOOT

A sus­pi­cious pack­age was de­liv­ered to the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent Thurs­day that caused the Re­gency Place of­fice build­ing in White Plains to be evac­u­ated by police and fire res­cue per­son­nel.

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