Investigators: Molotov cocktail used to ignite vehicle fire

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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

WARRENVILLE, SC (WRDW) -- For Robert Pounds of Warrenville, Wednesday night was a nightmare.

"They came up to the car, and they busted out the back windshield right here," he recalls. "It caught this tire on fire and started blazing on the side."

Just before 11 PM, he looked outside and found his daughter's car in flames

"First thing to do was to call the fire department to get up here and extinguish the fire. Second thing was who it was, what vehicle it was, who caused the fire," Pounds says.

Investigators believe the fire was no accident. Deputies found evidence that the blaze was started with a Molotov Cocktail.

"Basically, it's diesel, gas, or kerosine that's put inside of a bottle with a rag on top set on fire and thrown, and then, as the glass bottle shatters, then it ignites the contents inside the bottle," says Captain Eric Abdullah with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

"It hasn't been heard of or seen in years even when, back in the 70s, I was in the fire department or in the 90s or 2000s when I was in the fire department. I've never seen nothing like this," adds Pounds, a former firefighter.

Investigators say another Molotov Cocktail was put under Pound's truck, but the fire didn't catch and Pound's family member was able to safely throw the firebomb to a grassy spot across the street.

"[The suspects] had to be young and dumb. They didn't know what they were doing with the truck part. They got burnt. Whoever it was got burnt," he says.

Pounds says investigators should get fingerprints off the firebomb. He says neighbors got a good vehicle description too. Also, he says he's pretty sure he knows who did it anyhow.

"Whoever did this, all I got to say is I pity you if you try it again. It's trick or treat, and I ain't going to treat 'em, but I'm going to trick 'em," Pounds says.

If you have any information, contact the Sheriff's Office at (803) 648-6811 or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

"Right now, we're just looking for any leads or any information that will assist us in this investigation," says Capt. Abdullah.

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