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West Memphis workers make scary discovery

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Police in West Memphis, Arkansas found a half-dozen Molotov cocktails Monday morning not far from Southland Greyhound Park.

City worker Darrell Stokes said he and his colleagues discovered a crate containing the bottles in the middle of Ingram Boulevard, in front of a restaurant near the dog track.

"After we looked in the crate, we saw it looked like cocktail bombs," Stokes said. "We immediately called the police."

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert said the bottled were filled with some kind of fuel, like kerosene or diesel.  Rocks were taped to the bottles.  The bottles, and the substance inside them, were sent to a crime lab for testing.

"We concerned, not having information about where it came from or what it was going to be used for," Paudert said.

Considering the February car-bombing of Dr. Trent Pierce, Paudert said something like Monday's find is especially scary - even if the two events are not connected.

The bomb that injured Pierce was in a tire in his driveway, something very different from the fuel-filled bottles.

Stokes called it a shocking discovery.

"I would never have thought to see anything like that," he said.

Workers at Margaritas, the restaurant near where the devices were discovered, said they did not know of any threats.

Meanwhile, West Memphis police want to know if any other Molotov Cocktails with rocks taped to them have been found in the area.  They plan to ask the ATF.

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