Threats From Recent Suicide Victim Led To Bomb Search

K9 dog and emergency officials at the site of a bomb squad search on Tuesday night

Threats from a recent suicide victim led to the nearly two-hour long search of a vehicle on Tuesday night in a Bethesda parking lot.

MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said the department’s bomb squad was called by police, which had received word of the threats.

Piringer said he didn’t know if the vehicle — a silver Honda SUV — belonged to the suicide victim or somebody else. He also didn’t know the nature of the threat.

Police press officers referred all questions to Piringer, as a MCFRS fire marshall is leading the investigation.

Police closed Woodmont Avenue between Cordell and St Elmo Avenues at about 8:20 p.m on Tuesday. A fully-equipped MCFRS bomb squad truck arrived and started a nearly two-hour search of the SUV in Parking Lot 43, a county-operated lot nestled between Bruce Variety and the Saphire Cafe.

Piringer said two robotic devices and bomb squad technicians found no evidence of explosive or illegal devices in the vehicle. The road was reopened just after 11 p.m.

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