The Delaware State Police as well as the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting an investigation into suspicious chemicals located within a storage shed in the back yard of a home in the 1400 block of Lochmeath Way in Dover.


The Delaware State Police as well as the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting an investigation into suspicious chemicals located within a storage shed in the back yard of a home in the 1400 block of Lochmeath Way in Dover.

At 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Delaware State Police along with officers from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) were called to the home after a neighbor had discovered what appeared to be suspicious chemicals inside of two ammunition boxes. Police say the neighbor was cleaning out a shed, and immediately contacted the Department of Homeland Security Office in Dover, who in turn contacted the 911 call center.

Upon inspection of the chemicals, law enforcement officials concluded they were consistent with the manufacturing of explosive devices, and could pose a danger to the public. It was at this point, according to police, that Lockmeath Way between Peachtree Run Road and Voshells Mill Pond/Star Hill Road were closed and the surrounding area was evacuated. That includes Star Hill Elementary School.

According to police, department’s Explosive Ordinance Unit and the state Fire Marshal’s Office then worked to remove all of the chemicals from the scene. The chemicals were then turned over to DNREC for further testing in an attempt to identify the specific elements contained within them. Police would not reveal specifics about the chemicals, citing the ongoing investigation.

Lochmeath Way was reopened at approximately 7:35 p.m. and the evacuated residents were able to return to their homes.

Several residents of the Brookfield development, located off Lockmeath Way, convened in a parking lot on the corner of Lockmeath and Peachtree Run as they were traveling home from work. Police would allow drivers to leave the area, but blocked off the road toward the development.

Approximately 15 cars were parked in the Peachtree Run parking lot just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's ridiculous," said Shawn Wallace, a resident of Brookfield who was angry because he could not get his children home. "They're not telling us anything."

Tom Brown, a Brookfield resident, said although the area is usually quiet, this is not the first incident of this nature.

In January, families living adjacent to the former residence of David J. Riley at 977 Lochmeath Way were evacuated from their homes by police for more than 14 hours after a caretaker discovered suspicious devices and chemicals in the house.

Riley, 56, was arrested that same day at a Dover motel, where he apparently was staying after vacating the Lochmeath Way house earlier in the week.

"It seems to be a never-ending battle on this road now," Brown said.

According to Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Jeffrey Hale, the investigation into this incident is continuing. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Troopers are using the event as an opportunity to encourage the public to become involved in the national “See Something, Say Something” Campaign. The effort urges the public to contact police if they see any suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary, and assist by becoming force multipliers, acting as the eyes and ears for the Delaware State Police in combating terrorism.

The public can report suspicious activity by contacting Delaware’s Anti-Terrorism Tipline (800) FORCE-12 (800-367-2312) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.