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Anthony Dale Reed’s Facebook page (below) describes himself as a rookie with the North Point – Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department in Baltimore County, Maryland. Now Firefighter Reed is being held without bail after his arrest Tuesday, a day after Baltimore County Police Department officers confronted him while investigating an explosion behind an elementary school.
Baltimore County police responded just after midnight Saturday, Nov. 17 to Berkshire Elementary School in the 7400 block of Poplar Avenue. The police hazardous devices team found evidence of a small package explosion on a bench, and surveillance video showed someone putting a box on the bench, igniting it and running away.
Similar calls were received late Monday night at the same school for possible shots fired or an explosion. In that case, investigators found a charred area and debris near a tree behind the school. An officer who canvassed the area found a suspicious subject in a nearby alley, and identified him as Anthony Dale Reed, 20, of the 500 block of 48th Street. Reed was carrying a scanner and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter. He was questioned and released. While police didn’t say where Reed volunteered, someone by that name is on a listed as an active member of the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department.
At about 11:38 p.m. Monday, police located a suspicious person behind the school and identified him as Reed. He was carrying a scanner and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter, which police later confirmed.
Reed was questioned and released at the scene, police said.
Bomb technician officers and arson investigators later identified Reed as the suspect seen on the surveillance footage Saturday.