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GOP Headquarters Fire Bomb Greets Dole

September 17, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

Secret Service are investigating a fire bomb attempt in Columbia on the same day that Elizabeth Dole comes to town. Kimberly Lohman has the story.

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Just before 9am Tuesday morning, an incidiary device resembling a molotov cocktail was set off outside the Republican Party Headquarters in Columbia.

The incident comes on the first day of Mrs. Dole's visit to the M-U campus.

Columbia Fire Chief George Glenn says Secret Service agents are taking extra care to ensure Mrs. Dole's safety during her stay.

But he says he can't say whether the Dole visit and the Headquarters arson are related.

Actuality:George Glenn
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Glenn says it's too early to name a motive or suspect.

Mrs. Dole's aides are dismissing the arson attempt as a prank.

From the state capital, I'm Kimberly Lohman.