Man allegedly throws bomb into Wal-Mart because it won't sell confederate flags

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Man Bombed Walmart Because It Stopped Selling Confederate Flag



A man in Tupelo, Mississippi was arrested on Monday after police accused him of bombing a local Wal-Mart for not selling his state's flag, the Associated Press reports.

The Tupelo police chief Bart Aguirre said that the bomb made a loud bang, but ultimately caused no damage when Marshall E. Leonard allegedly threw it into the 24-hour shopping center early Sunday morning.



Wal-Mart is one of the retailers that halted sales of merchandise featuring confederate flags on it -- which is on the upper left section of Mississippi's state flag. The decision to stop selling the merchandise occurred after the June 17 massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

Leonard is known for flying the 4-foot-long Mississippi flag on his vehicle, according to the Associated Press.



Leonard was arrested for running a red light near the shopping center and was charged with detonating an explosive. Meanwhile, Aguirre said that police are continuing to search his home and car.

Police say the Tupelo man allegedly threw a lit newspaper-wrapped package into the Wal-Mart at around 1:30 AM on Sunday morning.



Aguirre noted that Leonard's car is emblazoned with stickers bearing the Confederate battle and Mississippi state flags.

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WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: Confederate flag covers a window of a store in a small town in Georgia. The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: A confederate flag reflected in the window of a gift shop that sells them in Seligman, Arizona. The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: The South has more than its share of public reminders that the area is religious and tends to be conservative. Confederate flags in yards and on vehicles are common sights in the area. This truck was seen in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: The entrance to the Redneck Yacht Club in Yulee, Florida.The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Small Confederate flags are displayed on a shelf at Arkansas Flag and Banner in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Major retailers including Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., are halting sales of the Confederate flag and related merchandise. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Confederate flag-themed stickers are displayed at Arkansas Flag and Banner in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Major retailers including Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., are halting sales of the Confederate flag and related merchandise. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Confederate flag themed stickers are displayed at Arkansas Flag and Banner in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Major retailers including Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., are halting sales of the Confederate flag and related merchandise. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
The Mississippi flag hangs, with the other state flags, in the subway between the U.S. Capitol and Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. In the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a bipartisan mix of officials across the country is calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy. Leaders of the Republican-controlled state of Mississippi are divided on whether to alter the state's flag, a corner of which is made up of the Confederate battle flag. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner in Little Rock, Ark., describes the demand for Confederate flag merchandise Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Major retailers are halting sales of the Confederate flag and related merchandise. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE, 22: The sun sets on the Confederate flag located at The Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the state capital in Columbia, SC on Monday, June 22, 2015 with the citys Main Street seen in the background. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that the Confederate flag near the state Capitol should be moved, reversing an earlier position she had held and adding a powerful voice to the growing chorus of calls for the flags removal. (Photo by Brett Flashnick/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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