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Man Who Blew Up Explosive Device in Bingo Hall To Stay in Jail Judge Says

A Washington, D.C. man, who Anne Arundel Fire Marshal investigators say, set off an explosive device at a large bingo hall in Brooklyn Park this summer was ordered to remain in custody Tuesday by a Circuit Court judge.

Anne Arundel Judge Glenn L. Klavans said in court that 42 year old Andre Richardson posed an “extreme threat” to public safety after investigators said he caused an explosion at Bingo World in Brooklyn Park.    Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Miller said that on this past July 5, people inside that large facility were  “terrorized."

Investigators say they identified Richardson from closed circuit video feeds. The video allegedly shows him placing an item between two electronic bingo machines and attempting to light it multiple times before he suddenly stood up and left the area.

Reportedly, two people sustained injuries that sent them to an area hospital. Six others were injured but they are said to have declined treatment.

The Capital Gazette reports that Richardsons defense attorney may have suffered a memory lapse, and that police may only have evidence of him setting of a firecracker between two electronic bingo game machines, which are valued at $7,000.00 a piece. But fire officials say the video shows the blast throw shrapnel and dust in a 30 foot radious.  And, the state's attorney said this traumatized patrons.  The Capital says the defendent appeared via video from the Jennfier Rd. Detention Center in Annapolis and he was wearing the same "distinctive" gold-framed glasses that fire fighters reportedly saw on the video.

Richardson's next hearing in Anne Arundel Circuit Court is scheduled for Nov. 18

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