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Authorities in Ohio are investigating a house explosion as a hate crime after racial slurs and a swastika were discovered on the home’s garage and on two of the neighbor’s cars.
The home, located in the 6700 block of Spruce Street in Sterling, Ohio, was destroyed in an early morning explosion on August 7, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department said. No one was injured in the blast because the home was unoccupied following an electrical fire on July 3.
The homeowners planned to move back into the home on September 3, WKYC reported.
Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said the home’s garage and two of the neighbor’s cars were spray painted with racial slurs and a swastika. He said the blast was being investigated as an intentional hate crime, according to NBC News. Authorities believe the fire that caused the explosion was intentionally set.
“We’re not going to tolerate that…
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