Small explosion outside Montgomery County’s public safety building, possibly a firecracker

A juvenile was being questioned in Montgomery County on Tuesday after a low-grade explosion – possibly from a firework or firecracker – went off outside the county’s public safety building. No injuries were reported.

The loud noise was first reported at 11:09 a.m., according to a county police spokeswoman. County bomb investigators inspected the parking lot, and found remnants of the small explosion. The county’s public safety building is about one mile east of the intersection of Darnestown and Quince Orchard roads in Gaithersburg.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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