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Investigators probe Long Beach Molotov cocktail attacks

September 13, 2010 |  6:42 pm

Arson investigators were probing two separate Molotov cocktail attacks Monday on a Long Beach home.

Crews from the Long Beach Fire Department responded about 9:40 a.m. to a report of a possible incendiary device that had been thrown at the residence at 1822 E. 56th St., Capt. Jackawa Jackson said. The home was occupied by two families at the time.

The device landed about 10 feet from the home, but a bystander and resident extinguished the flames before they spread, Jackson said. A vehicle was damaged in the attack.

Jackson said witnesses told firefighters that another Molotov cocktail had been thrown at the home about two hours earlier.

"Had either one of these incidents gone undetected," Jackson said,  "the results could have been catastrophic."

Anyone with information is asked to call arson investigators at (562) 570-2582.

-- Robert J. Lopez