Lindenwold Man Arrested After Allegedly Setting off Smoke Grenade

Eric Brown allegedly lit the device and left it smoking in a Cherry Hill shopping plaza, leading to an evacuation early Tuesday afternoon.

A Lindenwold man was arrested after setting off a grenade-shaped smoke bomb that led the county bomb squad being called out and the area around Springdale and Greentree roads being evacuated for about 45 minutes early Tuesday afternoon, Cherry Hill Police said.

Eric Brown, 25, of the unit block of Brighton Avenue in Lindenwold, faces multiple charges for setting off the smoke bomb, which caused the evacuation of stores in Springdale Plaza and the closure of the intersection, police said.

Officers spotted the smoke bomb, which was spewing white smoke, along the curb on the south side of the Friendly Food Mart in the Springdale Plaza just after 1 p.m., police said.

They immediately evacuated the plaza and shut down the intersection to all traffic while the Camden County bomb squad was called in, police said, and the bomb squad disposed of the smoke bomb just before 2 p.m.

Brown was spotted near the scene by officers responding to the situation, police said, and gave them conflicting information as to why he was there, before eventually confessing to setting off the smoke grenade and trying to leave before police arrived.

He was charged with maintaining a nuisance and possession of a destructive device and was remanded to the county jail.

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