Update on Princess Anne resident arrested for possession of explosive devices
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The Maryland State Police arrested, Clement Renee Grangier III, 43, of Princess Anne Maryland on Friday in connection with the possession of explosive devices in Somerset County.
Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal and bomb technician, Matt Stevens, told 47ABC he isn’t shocked about the incident, but it’s not something they would see everyday. It is something that they train for on the regular though, so they know how to deal with these kinds of situations. He said his team was at 11347 Stewart Neck Road from around 9:30 a.m to about 5 p.m.
Before bomb technicians arrived, Maryland State Police detained Grangier. They were serving him in regards to an on-going malicious destruction of property investigation in Princess Anne. When police entered the home, they found seven improvised explosive devices, identified as three pipe bombs and four improvised explosive hand grenades were discovered. In addition, 32 firearms, including several military grade weapons were also located in conjunction with additional bomb making materials and firearm parts as part of the investigation.
“It was pretty controlled. The suspect was being cooperative with us and then we had bomb technicians assist us from the Ocean City’s Fire Marshal Bomb Squad, we put bomb technicians in bomb suits, and we were able to enter the room where the devices were, safely get them out of the home and then render them safe at a location just outside the home,” Deputy Chief Stevens said.
Stevens said they don’t know what the suspect planned to use the devices for, but said improvised explosive devices are used as weapons to harm or kill people or cause destruction of property. He added the manufacturing or possession of explosive devices is a felony crime.
Grangier is charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property, seven counts of possession of an explosive device and five counts of possession with intent to use an explosive device. He is being held without bond at the Somerset County Detention Center
The Deputy State Fire Marshals office is now working with federal partners, including the FBI, as they continue the investigation.