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Harford police, fire officials clear scene after investigating bomb threat at Edgewood church

A suspicious person wandering the parking lot of an Edgewood church told sheriff’s deputies he may have had explosives in his vehicle, causing law enforcement to close roads and evacuate the area for several hours Tuesday.

No explosives were located after searches by investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to Kyle Andersen, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies were dispatched to the Prince of Peace Church in the 2600 block of Willoughby Beach Road around 12:41 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call for a suspicious man in their lot, Andersen said.

“When they made contact, he gave us info to believe he may have had explosives in his vehicle,” Andersen said.


The church and surrounding areas were evacuated and nearby schools placed on modified lockdown out of an abundance of caution, he said.

Andersen said charges are pending against the individual, but did not have a time to release as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators used x-rays, a bomb robot and bomb detection K-9s to ensure there was no threat present, said Emily Witty, a spokewoman for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Willoughby Beach Road was closed between Perry Avenue and Bauers Drive while the threat was investigated.

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Because of the church’s proximity to several schools, “it’s sort of caused an issue as far as dismissing students, making sure it’s done in a safe manner,” Witty said.

Edgewood High, Edgewood Middle and Deerfield Elementary schools were put on modified lockdown.

Harford County Public Schools tweeted around 2:30 p.m. that Edgewood High School bus riders had been dismissed.


Lockdowns were lifted after emergency responders gave the all clear, according to a 4:44 p.m. tweet from HCPS and Edgewood high and middle school walkers were permitted to walk home and Deerfield students were dismissed.

All after school and evening activites were canceled. An event at Edgewood High School featuring former WWE wrestler turned inspirational speaker Marc Mero has been relocated to the Epicenter at 1918 Pulaski Highway. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

For the record

Fire marshal spokeswoman Emily Witty's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. It has been corrected.