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Reward offered for tips about Molotov cocktail thrown into LDS church

By McKenzie Romero | Posted - Jun 26th, 2013 @ 8:46pm

OGDEN — Investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information about who threw several Molotov cocktails into an LDS church meetinghouse in May.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Ogden Fire Department announced the reward Wednesday as part of a joint investigation into the fire last month.

The homemade incendiary devices were thrown through a window into the kitchen area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' building at 1590 13th St. sometime during the night of May 5.

The arson attempt was discovered by maintenance personnel about 7:30 a.m. the following day. Damage was contained to the kitchen area, and it appears the cocktails extinguished themselves without doing additional damage, Eric Bauman, Ogden Fire Department deputy chief, reported at the time.

Bauman said he hopes the reward will bring the incident back to the public's attention and generate new information in the case.

ATF agent Andrew Traver called the fire a "senseless act" in a statement released Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the arson attempt is asked to call the Ogden Police Department at 801-395-8221, or the ATF Arson Hotline at 888-ATF-FIRE (888-283-3473).

Callers can ask to remain anonymous, and all tips are confidential, officials said.

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