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Man fire bombs Strathmore home

Strathmore RCMP have charged a man after he allegedly threw several Molotov cocktails at a home east of Calgary and threatened to kill everyone inside.

Strathmore RCMP have charged a man after he allegedly threw several Molotov cocktails at a home east of Calgary and threatened to kill everyone inside.

Witnesses told police that a man had thrown an unknown number of Molotov cocktails at a home on Maplewood Drive in Strathmore on Saturday night, causing small explosions and a fire that was quickly extinguished by the snowy weather, said RCMP Sgt. Kevin Reilly.

The man, who had made earlier threats, also smashed out windows and threatened to kill five people — two adults, a teenager, and two small children — inside the house at the time, he said on Monday.

"We believe he was just going by and somehow had an interaction or argument," said Reilly, who added the disagreement was not related to family or neighbours.

Police located a suspect with help from witnesses and arrested him without incident that night.

A 32-year-old Strathmore resident has been charged with several offences, including possession of an explosive substance, making an explosive substance and arson endangering human life. He remains in custody until a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.

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