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Fireworks Found Were Planned For National Mall Disturbance

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- A man has been taken into custody after he was found with a Jeep loaded with fireworks he intended to set off on the National Mall.


Lt. Lauryn McNeill, spokeswoman for the Maryland National Capital Park Police, says one of their officers on patrol in Cabin John Regional Park Monday evening when he saw a subject in a red Jeep Cherokee parked in an isolated area after the park was closed. As he approached the subject, the officer noticed a large amount of fireworks inside the vehicle.

An investigation by Montgomery County Fire Rescue officials at the scene revealed that the Jeep had been fitted with a turret and multiple tubes from which fireworks could be launched. Following this discovery the Joint Terrorism Task was notified of the incident and they responded to the scene.

Officials have identified the subject in the Jeep as 27-year-old Glenn Neff of Stuart, Florida. Lt. McNeill says Neff made statements to officers claiming he didn't want to hurt anyone. Neff says the device was made to draw attention to himself and his issues with the banking industry. Lt. McNeill says Neff planned to set off the fireworks on the National Mall.

According to Lt. McNeill, drug paraphernalia and alcohol was also found inside the Jeep. Members of the Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigations Section have rendered the devices safe on the scene.

Glenn Neff is now in custody and charges against him are pending.


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