Temple hit with arson

Thursday, March 22, 2001

Buddhist church fire burned itself out, possible bomb discovery proves to be no danger in Storm Lake case.

While covering an attempted arson at the Buddhist Temple of Storm Lake, investigators discovered a possible bomb inside the building.

Police and the Storm Lake Fire Department responded to the Temple, 6018 Rothmoor Road, Tuesday evening on a report of a burglary and arson.

At the scene, members of the Temple told officials that sometime within the last five days the temple was forcibly entered and an attempt was made to set it on fire.

A room on the second floor of the building showed fire and smoke damage. The fire appeared to have burned itself out prior to spreading outside of the room, said Storm Lake Police Captain Bob Swanson.

While checking the Temple investigators located what appeared to be an explosive device in a first floor bedroom. They evacuated the building, set up a security perimeter and summoned the State Fire Marshal's Office to assist.

Rothmoor Road was shut down by police at East Milwaukee and at Richland Drive.

Special agents from the State Fire Marshal's Office out of Spencer and Council Bluffs arrived on the scene with a portable X-ray machine. The supposed explosive device was removed from the Temple and rendered safe, Swanson said.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/22 Pilot Tribune.

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