BALTIMORE, Md. – Police have responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle in a downtown Baltimore parking garage that’s reportedly packed with 1,000 gallons of gasoline, Fox 45 confirmed on Monday.
The vehicle was discovered after the Baltimore City Fire Department received a threat of a suspicious vehicle parked at a building along the 100 block of East Pratt Street. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said that the report came in just after 10:30 a.m. Monday, and after responding, officers discovered a van that they now say is potentially an explosive risk.
LIVE update from Downtown.
Posted by WBFF FOX 45 on Monday, September 9, 2019
Initial reports indicated that the vehicle, identified as a white van, had been leaking fuel, prompting someone to alert authorities of the situation. When they responded to the scene, they reportedly discovered the huge amount of gas inside.
Since the vast response by Baltimore emergency responders, evacuations have been taking place and police have fully shut down the surrounding area. A massive police presence remains active in the area.
Local and federal law enforcement officials are working the investigation.
Authorities confirmed that officials with ATF were on scene investigating along with Baltimore police and fire crews. Fox 45 said that a number of nearby businesses have also been evacuated.
ATF Baltimore Special Agents are on scene to assist our @BaltimorePolice @BaltimoreFire partners with the investigation into a suspicious vehicle on 100 E Pratt Street. All members of the public are asked to stay clear of the area.
— ATF Baltimore (@ATFBaltimore) September 9, 2019
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The Baltimore City Department of Transportation says Lombard, Pratt, Calvert & Light Streets are closed while emergency crews work on the issue at hand. They’ve asked everyone in the area to keep clear.
— Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) September 9, 2019
This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates as more information is released to the public.
— Scripps National News (@ScrippsNational) September 9, 2019
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