'Pizzagate' Restaurant Gets Hit Again

Authorities say an arsonist struck Comet Ping Pong
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2019 4:42 PM CST
'Pizzagate' Restaurant Gets Hit Again
In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, the front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The so-called "Pizzagate" restaurant suffered another scare Thursday night when someone apparently tried setting fire to the place, CBS News reports. Investigators at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC, unanimously agreed that an arsonist set a curtain there ablaze; they found a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid and burned matches onsite. The ATF tweeted that it's seeking a "white male, 25-30 years old, with blonde hair, mustache and a beard" and posted a photo of the man wanted "for questioning."

No one was hurt in the fire. Comet hit the headlines in 2016 after alt-right conspiracists claimed online that Hillary Clinton was running a pedophile sex ring there; the restaurant was hounded by threats, and a North Carolina man was arrested after firing off an assault rifle inside Comet, per the Daily Beast. (The "Pizzagate" shooter, Edgar Welch, has received his prison sentence.)

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