A bomb squad responded to a possible "explosive device" in College Park early Friday morning, a Prince George's County fire spokesman said.
Authorities were called to the 5000 block of Edgewood Road where they removed a suspicious package forcing the evacuation of three homes, department spokesman Mark Brady said. No injuries were reported.
"Basically we use procedures that remove any working component so that it become inoperable," Brady said. Forensic tests are being completed on the package but he said, "it definitely had all the appearances of an explosive device."
Police later arrested 28-year-old John Frank Jenkins and charged him with two counts of manufacture or possession of a destructive device.
On Monday, a small pipe bomb exploded on the porch of a home about a mile and a half from where the device was found Friday. Brady says it's possible the incidents are related.
The Associated Press contributed to this report