Parts of downtown Baltimore evacuated after vehicle containing 1000 gallons of gas inside is found

Mar 2012
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Baltimore emergency officials evacuated a large area of downtown on Monday after an abandoned van loaded with 1,000 gallons of gasoline was discovered in the parking garage of one of the city’s most venerable companies, officials said.

Shortly after 11 a.m. police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking garage of 100 E. Pratt St., home to T. Rowe Price, one of the city’s largest private employers. Officials quickly began an evacuation from several high rise buildings that sparked Sept. 11 anxiety and turned the heart of the city’s business and tourist district into a crime scene tied off with yellow tape.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Twitter dispelled fears of a potential bomb and said officials were working to “ensure everyone remains safe.”

‘No bomb’ found in van with 1,000 gallons of gas in downtown Baltimore parking garage
 
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Baltimore emergency officials evacuated a large area of downtown on Monday after an abandoned van loaded with 1,000 gallons of gasoline was discovered in the parking garage of one of the city’s most venerable companies, officials said.

Shortly after 11 a.m. police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking garage of 100 E. Pratt St., home to T. Rowe Price, one of the city’s largest private employers. Officials quickly began an evacuation from several high rise buildings that sparked Sept. 11 anxiety and turned the heart of the city’s business and tourist district into a crime scene tied off with yellow tape.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Twitter dispelled fears of a potential bomb and said officials were working to “ensure everyone remains safe.”

‘No bomb’ found in van with 1,000 gallons of gas in downtown Baltimore parking garage
bajisima,

Sounds a little exaggerated. 1000 gallons is 5 cubic yards that would weigh 3 tons.
 
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Hm. Gasoline is combustible. That is a lot of fuel. Lots of damage could be done with that. But I don’t think it makes the BEST explosive option. There are probably easier options in the United States.
 
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Appears the story has been updated.

"1000 gallons" was revisited and determined to be about 80 gallons of diesel fuel. (Along with a device used for siphoning/stealing diesel fuel.)


But a police robot that entered the 15-passenger van with blacked out windows did not discover a bomb. Instead, it found a device used for stealing diesel fuel and two bins full of possibly stolen gasoline, police said. Several city officials said they were told the van contained approximately 1,000 gallons of gasoline, but a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment later said about 80 gallons of diesel fuel was offloaded.


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Hm. Gasoline is combustible. That is a lot of fuel. Lots of damage could be done with that. But I don’t think it makes the BEST explosive option. There are probably easier options in the United States.
It's probably the easiest to acquire even if it isn't the most effective.