Baltimore City Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are now investigating a van loaded with 1,000 gallons of gasoline in a parking garage in downtown Baltimore City. The van was found near the area of where President Trump is expected to visit Thursday, reported The Baltimore Sun.
A police spokesperson told The Sun that they received a call at 11:02 am about a suspicious van in a parking garage at 100 E. Pratt St., which is home to T. Rowe Price and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Around noon, emergency crews expanded the evacuations zone across the inner Harbor to include The Gallery shopping mall, the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace and Brookshire Suites hotels.
T. Rowe Price employees have confirmed they’ve been sent home for the day – many are shook-up at what could have been a possible terrorist attack ahead of President Trump’s visit. Officials haven’t yet confirmed if terrorism was involved, but packing 1,000 gallons of gasoline into a van is certainly suspicious.
About one hour ago (1:30 pm), Light Street was evacuated.
The Sun provides several accounts of what’s happening on the ground:
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area across from the building was scattered with people dressed in business clothes after the evacuation. Many were clustered together talking, wondering aloud about what’s going on. One woman said many people were just using this time to take their regular lunch hour. Several people walked up to crime scene tape, trying to get a view of what’s going on in the several block radius.
Erik Williams was working at his desk inside 814 Light St. when his Human Resources director came up and told him there was an emergency on Pratt Street. The 25-year-old was curious to know what was going on so he and a friend decided to grab lunch in the area. But now, they can’t get back to their office because it’s part of the crime scene. Williams said the incident is also a “coincidence” for how close it falls to the anniversary of Sept. 11.
“It’s a little overwhelming and certainly concerning,” said Williams, who works in Exelon’s human resources department.
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation tweeted a map of the evacuation zone.
It’s time to pass the Green New Deal and ban all forms of gasoline. It’s a substance of war and has no place on our streets.
It’s Baltimore, I bet someone was probably trying to burn their building down and collect the insurance since the city is a shithole and they can’t sell.
Turns out it was just 1000 gallons of stolen diesel fuel and wasn’t hazardous. Clown World
Maybe it was to be used to burn all the trash in those " middle income" black neighborhoods.