State troopers, Baltimore County police and Baltimore City police milled in a parking lot in front of a low brick building on the campus Tuesday afternoon.
Sonya Boyce, a private security guard who watches over the abandoned buildings, said police told her only that there had been an accident. Boyce said a number of agencies train at the facility, but that she had never seen city officers there until recently.
The property, which includes 178 acres and more than 30 buildings constructed in the late 19th century through the 1960s, has been up for sale. Stevenson University had expressed interest in purchasing the land near Reisterstown Road.
However, concerns have been raised over costs to remove hazardous materials, including lead, asbestos and PCBs, toxic chemicals from coal ash dumping and leaking oil tanks.
While no local agencies have reported police trainees being injured during training exercises in recent years, a Baltimore fire recruit died during a live burn exercise in 2007 at an abandoned rowhouse on South Calverton Road.
Racheal M. Wilson’s death halted live burn exercises in the city. and Howard and Montgomery counties temporarily banned the training exercises. Wilson’s death also resulted in a top fire official losing his job.
Investigations into the training found the house was unsafe and that more than 30 national safety standards were not followed during the planned blaze.
Baltimore Sun reporter Ian Duncan contributed to this article.