Possible Fireworks Explosion at Montgomery County Police Headquarters

By Matthew Stabley
|  Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013  |  Updated 7:24 PM EDT
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Police say a small explosion, like that from a firecracker, went off outside the headquarters in Gaithersburg Tuesday morning.  News4's Pat Collins has the latest on the investigation.

Police say a small explosion, like that from a firecracker, went off outside the headquarters in Gaithersburg Tuesday morning. News4's Pat Collins has the latest on the investigation.

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A juvenile has been taken into custody following an apparent fireworks explosion at Montgomery County's public safety building in Rockville, Md., Tuesday.

At about 11 a.m., people inside the building felt the windows rattle and saw white smoke coming from a section of the front parking lot. They also saw a teenaged boy nearby, and police detained him for questioning.

After reviewing security footage, police took the boy into custody. They intend to charge him with posessing and manufacturing an explosive device.

Remnants of a low-grade explosive device, possibly fireworks, were found in the parking lot, News4's Pat Collins reported.

The explosion led to the roadway in front of building and part of the parking lot being cordoned off while police, the fire marshal and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue bomb squad investigated. A robot also was deployed.

The building, which houses police headquarters, the fire department and the Department of Transportation, was not evacuated.

No injuries were reported.

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