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This story was updated on Dec. 22, 2012.

Prince George’s County fire and police officials have arrested a College Park man in connection with a package that investigators believe contained explosive materials found Friday in a van on the 5000 block of Edgewater Road in College Park.

Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady said after the device was rendered safe Friday morning, investigators carried out a search warrant at a home at the 9000 block of Rhode Island Avenue and eventually arrested John Frank Jenkins, 28, of the same block of Rhode Island Avenue.

Jenkins has been charged with possession of explosives without a license and two counts of manufacture or possession of explosives in Prince George’s County District Court in Upper Marlboro. There is no defense attorney listed in online court records, but Jenkins is slated for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 15.

Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department spokesman Brady said the contents of the device will be taken to a lab to determine whether it actually contained explosive materials. The van was parked in the driveway of a home, Brady said.

Brady said investigators believe the device found Friday is related to an incident Tuesday, when fire investigators were called to the scene of a small pipe bomb explosion at a house on the 8800 block of 48th Avenue.

Brady said he could not provide any further details about the case, given that the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators from the county fire/EMS department, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the City of Annapolis Bomb Squad are involved in the investigation, Brady said.