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Boonsboro Man Charged With Explosive Counts

June 19th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshals have charged a 52 year-old Boonsboro man after serving a search warrant on his home early this morning.  Investigators acted on a tip the man was manufacturing and detonating several pipe bombs on his property while his 76 year-old mother was inside the home they share.

     Gregory Eugene Kline of 6214 Clevelandtown Road was arrested after investigators discovered evidence inside Kline’s home to manufacture sophisticated improvised explosive devices. Deputy State Fire Marshal-Bomb Technicians also discovered a hoax device as well as a nearly completed pipe bomb.  Investigators were contacted earlier in the week after a concerned resident heard loud explosions coming from the property recently. The resident reported at one point hearing a loud explosion and later witnessing smoke coming from the rear of Kline’s garage and the garage windows having been blown out from the blast.   

     During questioning Kline gave no specific reasoning for manufacturing and detonating the explosives and while the investigation continues, it is not believed Kline is tied to any radical group posing a threat to Homeland Security. Bomb Technicians rendered the discovered devices safe and removed all explosive making materials from the home, allowing Kline's mother to return. 

     Kline was arrested without incident with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E) as well as Troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack.  Kline was charged with two counts of Possession/Manufacturing/Detonation of a Destructive Device, two counts of Possession of Explosive Material with Intent to Create a Destructive Device and Reckless Endangerment. Kline is currently being held at Washington County Detention Center on $750,000.00 bond. 

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