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Molotov Cocktail Explodes 0.2 Miles from Occupy Portland

John on November 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

Here’s the press release put out by Portland PD last night:

Tonight, Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:10 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to a call of a Molotov Cocktail being set off at the World Trade Center, 121 Southwest Salmon.

Arson investigators have been called to the scene and as it is an active and ongoing investigation no additional details are available at this time.

On Monday October 31, 2011 Portland Police received unconfirmed information that a person or people within the Occupy Portland encampments at Chapman and Lownsdale Square Parks may be constructing or have constructed Molotov Cocktails.

Generally, a Molotov cocktail is a glass bottle filled with a flammable liquid such as gasoline, with a rag or cloth sticking out of the bottle as a wick. Once the wick is ignited, the person holding the Molotov cocktail throws it, breaking the glass and spreading the ignited fluid.

While it’s important to note that this information about Molotov Cocktails being kept in Occupy Portland is unconfirmed, Portland Police Bureau investigators are working to learn more about this information and are asking for the public’s help.

The storage and/or construction of Molotov cocktails represents a significant public safety threat of injury.

Anyone with information about Molotov Cocktails being stored or constructed within Occupy Portland encampments at Chapman and Lownsdale Square Parks is urged to immediately report this information to the Portland Police Bureau..

I don’t want to make Paul Krugman’s mistake here, but it certainly appears as if this could have been either caused or inspired by the occupiers. We’ll see what police turn up. But in case you were wondering like I was, it’s 0.2 miles from the Occupy Portland camp:

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