Report of Suspicious Package in Wheaton Apartment Ruled Not Dangerous

Four floors of an apartment complex in Wheaton were evacuated this morning after the Montgomery County call center received information that a resident claimed there was a bomb in his unit.

Following an examination, Arrive Wheaton was declared safe. “It has been declared all clear,” said Montgomery C0unty Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Goldstein said. “The items in the unit are safe and of no concern” he said during a press conference on Georgia Avenue across from the 17-story complex which is located above a Safeway grocery store.

Some of the residents who were evacuated were taken to the nearby Wheaton recreation center and library around 10:30 a.m. They will be allowed to return to their homes this afternoon.

Fire personnel arrived on the scene before 7 a.m. Thursday for a report of a fire alarm going off, and Montgomery Police arrived later when it was declared that there might be a bomb on the eighth floor.

The resident who told others there was a bomb in his unit was taken into custody but Goldstein did not provide details on his role and whether he would be arrested. “I do not know the resident’s connection to the unit,” Goldstein said.

This is a developing story.

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