Mississippi flag backer accused of tossing bomb in Wal-Mart
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A police chief says a 61-year-old Mississippi man has been accused of bombing a Wal-Mart because the chain stopped selling his state’s flags.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre (uh-GEE-ree) says the explosive made a bang but did no damage when it was thrown into a 24-hour Wal-Mart early Sunday.
He says Marshall Leonard of Tupelo is jailed on a charge of detonating an explosive, and police are searching his car and home.
He says Leonard does not yet have an attorney who could comment.
Aguirre says Leonard allegedly lit a newspaper-wrapped package and threw it into the store.
He says Leonard is known for flying a 4-foot-long state flag from his silver Mazda, and was arrested after the bombing early Sunday when he ran a red light near the Walmart.
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