Benton man accused of trying to blow up fireworks store

     (AP) – A southeast Missouri man faces charges accusing him of

threatening to blow up a fireworks store with his burning car.

     The Southeast Missourian reports that 39-year-old Jerod Anthony Dockins faces

felony charges, including assault/attempted assault on law-enforcement officers,

making a terrorist threat and resisting arrest.

     The sheriff’s department says he’s accused of threatening to blow up the

Boomland fireworks store last week after he doused himself with gasoline and

drove to the store.

     Authorities evacuated customers and staff from the store and nearby businesses

while they talked to the suspect, who then ignited the inside of the car.

Deputies pulled the man from the burning car and dragged him to safety as

firefighters extinguished the vehicle.

     A lawyer listed for Dockins didn’t immediately return a message seeking

comment Thursday.


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