Man arrested for detonating explosive at Tupelo Wal-Mart

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TUPELO, Miss. — A Tupelo man has been arrested for detonating an explosive device at a Wal-Mart.

Marshall E. Leonard, 61, was taken into custody after the incident, which happened at 2 a.m. Sunday at the Wal-Mart on North Gloster Street in Tupelo.

He allegedly set off the bomb because Wal-Mart decided to stop selling Mississippi state flags, the Associated Press reported.

“He’s a strong supporter of keeping that flag flying,” Tupelo Police Chief Bret Aguirre told the AP. “This is his way of bringing attention to that.”

Leonard detonated the homemade explosive at the entrance to the store, but no one was injured, Tupelo Police said.

Police caught him as he was leaving the scene.

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