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Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:52 pm Post subject: Alleged Shoplifters Create Blast to Escape, Injure Four
Authorities said one of the men was seen by a store employee placing a toy inside his pants. As the employee went for help, the men headed to the section where the pool chemicals were stocked and mixed a chlorine-based chemical with another item, said Lt. Jason Bolton of the Henry County Police. The chemical reaction created a small explosion and filled the store with white smoke.
"They made their escape in the chaos that ensued," Bolton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a Monday story. "It's just hard to believe they did something like this to shoplift something as insignificant as a toy."
Four people, including an employee, were hospitalized for respiratory problems following the incident Sunday night. Three others were treated by emergency workers outside the store.
Bolton said the men turned a shoplifting misdemeanor into more serious charges, including "one of terroristic acts." _________________ Freedom of speech is as much a responsibility as it is a right.
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