Monday, September 26, 2011

Animal-Rights Group Claims Responsibility for Fireworks-Fur Shop Arson

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, a group called the North American Liberation Press has claimed responsibility for an arson that torched the Rocky Mountain Fireworks and Fur Co., north of Caldwell.

A blaze broke out around 5 a.m. today at the facility on Highway 20-26, damaging the store that sells fireworks and fur. Crews from Caldwell, Eagle, Middleton, Parma and Star battled the fire, while morning rush-hour traffic was diverted away from Exit 26 of Interstate 84.

"By oppressing innocent life, you've lost your rights," read the letter from the group's so-called "arson unit." "We've come to take you down a notch. Stay in business, and we'll be back."

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco and Canyon County Sheriff's Office are investigating the blaze.

On Sept. 3, the North American Liberation Press claimed responsibility for destroying fencing at an Oregon elk farm. In June, the group targeted a Vancouver, B.C. fur shop, soaking racks of clothing with chemicals.

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