Police said a disaster was averted in Anne Arundel County when officers uncovered a cache of guns, chemicals and bomb-making materials inside a house in Glen Burnie.
The completed bombs and chemicals discovered in the home of Todd Wheeler could have created a blast big enough to take "out the house and the surrounding houses," fire Capt. Robert Howarth, the lead investigator, told NBC News.
Police were tipped off last week when Wheeler was taken to the hospital with injuries from chemical reactions. They then discovered a suburban home packed with dangerous materials, including numerous completed bombs, more than 100 pounds of chemicals, detonators and manuals like "Booby Traps," "Deadly Brew" and "Highly Explosive Pyrotechnic Compositions," NBC News reported.
Wheeler, who was charged with building explosives and having explosive materials, was not cooperating with authorities. But Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Michael Cox said at a news conference Tuesday that it was clear "that these materials were capable of maiming, killing or injuring human beings," NBC News reported.