Sykesville man arrested for discharging firework in OC apartment stairwell
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Police say a Maryland man was arrested after he reportedly lit a firework inside an Ocean City apartment building.
According to police, the incident happened on June 10th at the Homestead Apartments, located at 106 14th Street. When the fire department arrived on scene, multiple occupants of the two-story apartment building were evacuating. It was determined that an aerial shell firework had been lit and exploded in an enclosed second floor stairwell, endangering the roughly 24 occupants of the two dwelling units served by the stairwell.
Fire damage was limited to a small area of the stairwell and occupants were able to return to their units later. No injures were reported.
Through a joint investigation by fire investigators and Ocean City Police detectives, 21-year-old Jamie Bouma Jr. was identified as the suspect. Bouma was charged with possession/use of a destructive device, two counts of reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property less than $1000, and discharging fireworks without a permit. He was later released on a $25,000 bond.