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Biotech Firm Rocked by Blasts

Authorities say animal rights activists may have placed the pipe bombs. A group condones the act but doesn’t claim responsibility for it. Law enforcement officials believe animal rights activists may have been responsible for two homemade bombs that exploded early Thursday morning at the headquarters of biotech giant Chiron Corp. The explosions, one at 2:55 a.m. and the other at 4:10 a.m., caused no injuries and minimal damage, including a few broken windows. At 7 a.m., a third blast was heard as authorities blew up a 5-gallon bucket on the opposite side of the grounds. The bucket was later determined to have contained sand or paint, company officials say. Alameda County sheriff’s officials said the “crude pipe bombs” had been detonated with egg timers. The devices appeared to have been left at ground level outside Chiron’s international headquarters, just across the bay from downtown San Francisco. The bombings were being investigated by the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Federal officials said they had not ruled out characterizing the incident as “domestic terrorism.” Full Story

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