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UMD Advisory: Follow-Up from Today's Suspicious Package Incident

The purpose of this advisory is to provide an update from the suspicious package incident that occurred earlier today. 

At approximately 9:16 a.m., a male (unaffiliated) walked into the Pocomoke Building (UMPD Police Station) with an old military artillery shell. An officer took the shell and placed it outside of the Pocomoke Building and the building was evacuated as a precaution.


The Prince George’s County Fire Department, Bomb Squad was notified to respond for further evaluation of the shell. Baltimore Avenue between Rossborough Lane and College Avenue was closed to traffic and pedestrians were directed to go around the building. PGFD Bomb Squad arrived, and it was determined to close off more roadways and evacuate buildings nearby the Pocomoke Building as a preauction. After further investigation, it was determined that the shell was safe and not a threat. The roadways were reopened, and officers cleared the scene.


Thank you to our colleagues at The Office of the Fire Marshal at UMD and the Prince George’s County Fire Department, Bomb Squad for their help.


If you find an artillery shell and you are not sure if it is live or not, call 911 for further instructions.


Safety Resources:

University of Maryland Police Department

Emergency Number 301-405-3333/ 911

Non-Emergency Number 301-405-3555


Prince George's County Police Department

911 / 301-352-1200 (non-emergency)


UMD Police Walking Escort

Non-Emergency: 301-405-3555





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