The red Jeep in the background is the vehicle that was equipped with a large amount of illegal fireworks, including a turret for shooting them very high into the air, according to police. The car's driver told police he was planning to set the fireworks off on the National Mall to call attention to his issues with the U.S. banking industry.
Update 9:07 a.m.Authorities in Maryland have charged a man they found with a large quantity of fireworks in Bethesda's Cabin John Park, after he told them he was headed to the National Mall to set them off.
The suspect, 27-year-old Glenn Neff of Stewart, Fla., told police he planned on taking the fireworks down to the National Mall. He wanted to ignite the explosives to draw attention to his issues with the banking industry, police say.
He has been charged with three felony counts: possession of a destructive device, transport of a destructive device, and manufacture of a destructive device.
Police also charged Neff with five lesser counts, including misdemeanor possession fireworks and controlled or dangerous substance paraphernalia.
A patrol officer with the Maryland National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, first became suspicious of the suspect Monday evening around 8:30 p.m. He was sitting in a red Jeep Cherokee in an isolated area of Cabin John Park that is closed after dark.
The officer called for backup and when authorities searched the vehicle, they found a large amount of illegal fireworks, including a turret, which is designed to shoot fireworks or other objects up and off into far away areas.
"The individual had stated something the to effect of that he didn't intend to harm anyone, but he wanted to take these fireworks to the National Mall so that he could draw attention to his issue with the banking industry," says
Maryland National Capitol Park Police Lieutenant Lauryn McNeill.
Montgomery County Fire and Explosives division cleared the scene, and the car was towed shortly before 8 a.m.
If convicted, the suspect could face 25 years for each felony count.