'Miracle Nobody Was Killed': NC GOP Office Bombing

'Nazi Republicans' was spray-painted on Hillsborough office wall
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2016 5:00 PM CDT
North Carolina GOP Office Firebombed
A burned couch is shown next to warped campaign signs at the Orange County GOP headquarters in Hillsborough, NC, on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)

A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was damaged by fire and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring to "Nazi Republicans" on a nearby wall, authorities said Sunday, per the AP. A news release from the town of Hillsborough said someone threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid through the window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters overnight. The substance ignited and damaged furniture and the interior before burning out. The news release says an adjacent building was spray-painted with the words: "Nazi Republicans leave town or else." State GOP Director Dallas Woodhouse said no one was injured, but a security alert is being sent to party offices around the state. Another business owner discovered the damage Sunday morning. Local police are investigating alongside the ATF.

Woodhouse said that people sometimes work after-hours and that he felt lucky no one was there at the time. "It is a miracle that nobody was killed," he said in a phone interview. Hillary Clinton tweeted Sunday afternoon, "The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe." Democratic Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens condemned the act in a statement, noting, "This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community's safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation." Hillsborough is the county seat of Orange County, a county in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 3-1 margin. (Read more North Carolina stories.)

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