'Incendiary devices' while investigating a fire near a police training center

July 2, 2023
Robert Ayers

Investigators found "incendiary devices" while investigating a fire that took place near a police training academy in Georgia on Saturday. 

The incident, according to the Washington Examinertook place in the capital city of Atlanta during the early morning hours.

What we know so far:

According to Atlanta Police Department Sgt. John Chafee, at around 2:o0 a.m., emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire inside of a parking deck that is located a short distance from the Atlanta Police Training Academy.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found several motorcycles on fire. The crew, according to Chafee, proceeded to put the fire out, and, that is when they discovered the incendiary devices.

At the time of this writing, no further specifics about the situation have been reported. Details, for example, about the incendiary devices have not been provided.

It also does not appear that, thus far, the police have any suspects.

There's more

It turns out, though, that the fire was not the only incident of its kind to occur in Atlanta on Saturday morning.

Roughly an hour before the fire, emergency personnel were summoned to the Atlanta Police Department's Path Force Unit - a unit that maintains the BeltLine, a nearby walking and biking trail.

There, it was discovered that several windows of police vehicles had been broken.

Police have yet to indicate whether or not they believe the two events - the broken windows and the fire - are related.

"outrageous and completely inexcusable"

Both incidents are currently under investigation by local authorities.

Investigators have yet to give any indication about who may be behind the attacks and about what this individual's - or individuals' - motivation was/were.

From the facts that have been provided thus far, it would appear obvious that the motivation was to attack law enforcement. This has yet to be confirmed, but it is hard to imagine the incidents being anything else.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) released a statement condemning those behind the attacks. He said:

These attacks on public safety resources are outrageous and completely inexcusable. This planned destruction of property and attempted use of explosive devices put both lives and community assets in danger. Those are the tactics of organized criminals, not protestors, and their supporters should ask themselves if they truly want to be associated with such radical and violent people. Working with state, local, and federal law enforcement partners, we will find these criminals and bring them to justice

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