Baltimore County Police said the vehicle near Pine Grove Middle has an ‘improvised destroyer’ made of a cardboard tube and toy car receiver.

Baltimore County Police said in indictment documents filed in county court that the vehicle near Pine Grove Prep School that prompted the evacuation on Tuesday contained a cardboard “improvised destructive device” and a toy car receiver.

Police wrote that after disabling the device, a test revealed that it contained substances “consistent with a homemade explosive mixture.”

The Baltimore County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team determined that the device’s “starting system” included two wires and a small twist for match heads, shipping documents say. This would have allowed the device to “ignite/start with remote control,” the police wrote.

Joseph R. Vickery is charged in Baltimore County Court with possession of an explosive or incendiary device with intent to create a destructive device and intentionally manufacturing, possessing or distributing a destructive device, along with firearms and drug offenses.

Police say the car found outside Pine Grove Middle School belonged to Vickery and was directly across from the school entrance. According to the indictment documents, he admitted that he made an explosive device.

An attorney for Vickery is not listed in online court records.

The investigation that led police to the device began with the reporting to Mount Airy Police of a suspect who may be attempting to make an improvised explosive device. Baltimore County Police were contacted after Howard County Police traced Vickery’s cell phone to Rodeway Inn in Woodlawn.

Police on Tuesday evacuated two schools, searched Rodeway Inn, where Vickery was staying, and closed roads in two areas of Baltimore County in connection with the investigation of dangerous packages. Officials On Tuesday, he said, two people were arrested And that an explosive device was found in a car on the campus of Pine Grove Preparatory School, but she refused to reveal what the device was.

Vickery’s shipping documents indicate that Baltimore County police found him around the middle school in Parkville, north of Baltimore County. He reportedly told police that there was “an explosive device inside his car,” according to the shipping documents.

In an interview, he told the police that he had conducted a search for “improvised explosive devices” and made an explosive device, according to the shipping documents. He said he did not plan to harm anyone and was planning to “bomb them up in a remote area.”

A woman arrested by police on Tuesday also told officers in an interview that Vickery began searching for the explosives “soon after she had a falling out with her mother.”

A search of his car also revealed compost, a tabletop stove, piping and handwritten instructions on making the bombs, according to shipping documents.

Materials used to make IEDs were also found in the search room of the Vickery’s Rodeway Inn. Police wrote that officers who were monitoring the building after getting information from other police officials saw a woman throwing trash into a sidewalk receptacle.

An informant took the trash and found receipts and items that the police identified as “precursors for the manufacture of explosive devices.”

Subsequent searches of the chamber found the materials used to manufacture the explosives, along with narcotics and the paraphernalia for making them. They include a remote-controlled car, medical cooler packs with ammonium nitrate removed and two propane cylinders.

A woman facing charges in a local police court said the drugs and personal items found on Rodeway belonged to her, according to accusing documents. Police say the substances contained or were used to make heroin. Do not face criminal charges in relation to any subversive devices.

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Mount Aire Police Chief Doug Ritz said Wednesday that his department was investigating a suspect in a theft case when an officer obtained information that the suspect may have been searching for and purchasing explosive materials. They contacted other authorities and eventually used the cell records to find his location in Baltimore County. Mount Airy is located in Carroll and Frederick counties.

“You get a small town officer somewhere that takes a little bit of information, it seems like a simple thing in nature, but then it suddenly turns into a major issue that has that area-wide impact,” Ritz said. “This could have gone horribly wrong in a different way, had the authorities not been contacted and responded the way they did quickly.”

Pine Grove Middle School was evacuated Tuesday noon. Pine Grove Elementary School was evacuated after about an hour and a half.

Officials said all of the children are fine. Both Pine Grove Prep and Elementary Schools were back in business by Wednesday morning.

Detective Trey Corbin, a Baltimore County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said Tuesday that the department’s hazardous device team did “doomed” work to investigate a device found inside a car on a middle school campus.

After that action, he said Tuesday, there was no threat.

Baltimore reporter Sun Ngan Ho contributed to this article.

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