Man Equipped Car With Fireworks, Planned To Set Them Off On National Mall | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Man Equipped Car With Fireworks, Planned To Set Them Off On National Mall

Play associated audio
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.
Markette Smith
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.

NPR

Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.
NPR

For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

For many Norwegian-American families, the most anticipated Christmas treat isn't chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's a simple potato-based pancake, spread with butter and sugar or jam.
NPR

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.
NPR

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.