ST. MARYS COUNTY, Md. (September 6, 2013)—Investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal have charged a 53 year-old female in the wake of an explosion investigation. The 11:17 p.m. incident originally occurred on August 14 at the rear of the Hickory Hill Shopping Center located at 22741 Three Notch Road in California, St. Marys County.
The investigation revealed Cynthia Mae Oakley, age 53, was described by multiple witnesses as the individual responsible for placing and igniting a commercial grade firework on the ground behind the building. The resulting explosion caused approximately $5,000 damage to a vehicle parked near the device.
Oakley was served a criminal summons this morning at a friends home located in Mechanicsville. She was charged with 2 counts Destructive Device, Reckless Endangerment, 2 counts Fireworks Possession without Permit, and Fireworks Discharge without a permit. If convicted of the charges, Oakley faces penalties of up to 55 years imprisonment and/or $505,750 in fines.
Source: Office of State Fire Marshal