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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Man throws BOMB at #Walmart store for not carrying Confederate flag #HNNcrime

TUPELO, Miss. -- A man known for flying a 4-foot-long Mississippi state flag on his car has been accused of bombing a Walmart because the chain stopped selling the flag, the police chief said Monday.

The explosive made a loud bang but did no damage when it was thrown early Sunday into the 24-hour Walmart in Tupelo, Police Chief Bart Aguirre said Monday. He said bomb technicians reported that the package held enough explosive to damage the store if it had been assembled differently.

Marshall E. Leonard of Tupelo, a northeast Mississippi city of 34,500, was jailed on a charge of detonating an explosive, and police were searching his car and home, Aguirre said.

Walmart is among retailers that stopped selling merchandise bearing reproductions of the Confederate battle flag - which makes up the upper left section of the Mississippi state flag - after the June 17 killing of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

This man is definitely a homegrown terrorist

With files from CBS News

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