A Mississippi man became so enraged that Wal-Mart stopped selling the state flag after it banned all merchandise with Confederate flags that he tried to blow up the Tupelo, Mississippi store on Sunday, according to police.
Police said the explosive from Marshall E. Leonard made a loud bang but didn’t cause any damage. However, bomb technicians said if put together properly, it could have packed a punch powerful enough to damage the store.
Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre told the Associated Press that Leonard had a package wrapped in newspaper, approached the Wal-Mart, lit it and then threw it into the store.
“An employee was sitting in the vestibule taking a break,” Aguirre said. “He told the employee to run — that he was going to blow the place up. He throws this package into the front entrance of Wal-Mart. He flees and the employee flees.”
It was easy to identify Leonard, who’s known for flying a 4-foot-long Mississippi state flag on his silver Mazda, which has stickers of the state flag and Confederate flag as well.
“He’s a strong supporter of keeping that flag flying,” Aguirre said. “This is his way of bringing attention to that,” Aguirre said.
Police said the suspect was arrested approximately a half an hour later.
How’d they nab him?
He allegedly ran a red light near the same Wal-Mart that police say he tried to blow up.
Oddly, this isn’t the strangest Wal-Mart related incident we’ve seen in recent months.