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Explosion at government lab exposes possible drug-making


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A federal government facility is under investigation for drug manufacturing after an explosion ripped through a lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Saturday.

The federal government facility is extremely secure, but Montgomery County investigators were on site Tuesday looking into what may have been an inside job.

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MISSING: 11-year-old Gaithersburg boy


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- An 11-year-old Gaithersburg boy is being sought, Montgomery County police said.

Police are searching for Jerome Lewis Jackson, 11, who was last seen on July 20.

He is described as a black man, standing 5'03" tall and weighing 130 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. Jackson was wearing a white t-shirt, gray skinny jeans, and red Nike tennis shoes.

Jackson takes medicine and does not have it with him. Police said Jackson has only been living in Montgomery County for two weeks and does not know the area.

His family and police are concerned about his physical and emotional well-being.

Small explosion at NIST under investigation



GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A small explosion Sunday at the NIST's Gaithersburg campus is being investigated as a possible chemical explosion due to drug manufacturing, Montgomery County police say.


According to police, the explosion happened at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the NIST's Bureau Drive campus.


A spokesperson for MCPD said the explosion was caused by a lab process that happens on a routine basis. An error occurred, which caused a small explosion that triggered heat sensors in the building.

Man killed in Gaithersburg motorcycle crash ID'd


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The operator of a motorcycle is dead after a crash that happened Saturday night in Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County police.

The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as 35-year-old Stanislas Alexandre N. Nignan of Gaithersburg.

The crash happened around 7:56 p.m. at the intersection of Frederick Road and Christopher Avenue, police said. The investigation shows that an Agusta motorcycle was going southbound on Frederick Road when it hit a black Acura MDX making a U-turn from northbound to southbound Frederick Road.

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Man wanted in Gaithersburg business robbery


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a robbery that happened at the Express Check Cashing Office in Gaithersburg on July 6.

The robbery happened at the Express Check Cashing Office located at 8359 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg around 9 a.m., according to authorities.

The investigation shows that the suspect entered the building when it was being opened for business. The suspect was armed and forced the employee to hand over the money. The suspect then told the employee to stay in a rear room and he fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Police ID boy killed in Gaithersburg car crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have identified the five-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash in Gaithersburg early Tuesday morning.

Daniel Dana was killed in the crash that happened around 3:30 a.m. near Fields Road and Rt. 370 or Sam Eig Highway, police said.

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Montgomery County Police say Dana's mother, Narges Shafeirad, age 33, was driving an older Toyota Corolla when she lost control of her vehicle, hopped a median and crashed in an opposing lane.

Residents still dealing with Gaithersburg plane crash debris


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- It has been six months since a deadly plane crash right in the middle of a Gaithersburg neighborhood, and some homeowners impacted by the crash remain out of their homes.

The worst part, they say, is they're not sure why.

"The house is kind of the same way it was on December 8 when the plane hit," a woman whose home was damaged in the crash said.

Six people, including a mother and her two children, were killed and three homes were damaged or destroyed in the crash.

"I've been told this is part of the data recorder and I guess these are other pieces that never got picked up," the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.

"Nobody has come out to clean anything up yet. They've done some testing and found various levels of petroleum, I guess, but haven't really reported back to us about where to go from there."