Pipe bombs found in Frederick County linked to man who died nearly 20 years ago

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Police have determined the bomb-making materials found in Frederick County, Md., Sunday were connected to an old criminal stalking case. 

An explosion led to Deputy State Fire Marshals finding a container filled with bomb-making materials and a loaded handgun in a wooded area off of Meadow Road.

Officials now say the items belonged to Alan Chmurny, who died by suicide nearly 20 years ago after being convicted of assault in a Howard County stalking case. They found a series of documents that connected the items to Chmurny, who once lived about a half-mile from the scene. 

In 2000, Chmurny was charged with pouring mercury into the vents of a co-worker’s car as part of a long-term stalking case that culminated with his arrest.

The victim was not physically harmed in the incident. Upon his conviction in 2001, Chmurny ingested cyanide in open court and later died at a nearby hospital.  

“We are glad that these dangerous materials were discovered and could be destroyed safely,” said State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci. “It was quite a surprise to learn they were connected to an old criminal stalking case in which a woman could have been seriously harmed.” 

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