Arsonists set nine small fires in trash bins

Arsonists set nine trash bins on fire in Kings Contrivance early yesterday, Howard County police said.

Police said the fires were contained and did not spread to nearby structures.


From 1:40 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., police reponded to several calls of fire, mainly in industrial parks.

Most of the trash in these bins are paper, wood and cardboard products, which burn quickly, police said.


"It could be teen-agers doing it for kicks or someone who has a problem and gets gratification from it," said Sgt. Gary Gardner, a Police Department spokesman.

Four of the fires were started in the 10200 block of Old Columbia Road, two in the 9100 block of Guilford Road, one at the Kings Contrivance Village Center, one behind a High's store in the 9800 block of Vollmerhausen Road and another in the 7100 block of Riverwood Drive.

Police are investigating the fires and have reported the incidents to the state fire marshall's office.

Anyone with information should call police at 313-2266.


* Oakland Mills: 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road: Someone attempted to break into a home by picking a lock Saturday, police said.

* Kings Contrivance: 7800 block of Eden Brook Drive: Electronic equipment was stolen from an apartment between Thursday and Sunday.