Two homemade bombs exploded early on Thursday at the headquarters of Chiron Corp. in Northern California, shutting down operations at one of the nation’s largest biotechnology companies, police said. No injuries or major property damage was reported in the explosions, which took place at 2:55 a.m. and 4:10 a.m. Pacific time, police said. A third device, packed in a 5-gallon plastic container, was found in front of a third building at the Chiron complex by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and safely detonated. “We have no suspects at the moment and nobody has taken responsibility” for the blasts, Sgt. LaJuan Collier, a spokesman for the Emeryville Police Department, told Reuters. Collier said there were no people apparently in any of the three buildings at the time of the explosions. A Chiron spokesman declined to speculate on who was responsible for the explosions. But spokesman John Gallagher said Chiron executives have been the subject of increasing harassment in the past month by animal rights activists. Full Story
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