A suspect was taken into custody following a standoff with police Tuesday afternoon which closed part of Route 23 in White Hall, police said.
On April 5, 2011 at approximately 3pm, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported suspicious situation in the 5400 block of Norrisville Road in White Hall, MD. A local real estate agent conducting business with the homeowner saw what she perceived to be an explosive device in the bedroom area of the residence. Immediately after departing the house, the realtor called 911 to report the suspicious situation to local law enforcement.
Since, the homeowner, Kevin Klass, age 43, had work-related explosives experience, the threat was perceived as credible. Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies secured the perimeter and traffic was temporarily detoured on SR 23 between New Park Road and Church Lane. Members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team were able to establish contact with Mr. Klass, who voluntarily exited the home at approximately 5:10pm. The scene was secured without incident.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with members from the State Fire Marshal’s Office entered the residence and located the object the realtor had seen. Investigation determined the object to be a realistic replica of a dynamite explosive device that had been given to Mr. Klass as gag gift from a previous co-worker.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell said that the agency initiallly believed the man had barricaded himself alone in residence and may have had access to explosive materials. Police set up a perimeter around the residence and redirected traffic on Route 23 between New Park Road and Church Lane.
According to Worrell, no arrest was made because no laws were broken.