Summarized by Kent Larsen
Cause of Mormon church blast is baffling
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 26May99 C6
By Richard Ruelas The Arizona Republic
HEBER, ARIZONA -- The origin of an explosion outside an LDS Chapel in Heber
Sunday night is still unknown in spite of the efforts of police and
officials of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The explosion
left few leads to its origin and purpose. "We still don't know what it
is," said Lawrence Bettendorf, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms. Agents haven't found signs of a bomb -- a fuse or
wrappings, for instance, but they also haven't found anything else.
The explosion blew-out bricks from the building's south entrance and
shattered glass. It also brought down part of a patio roof and blew
shrapnell inside the buildingor more than 30 feet. The building is located
at Mustang Road and Highway 260, about 150 miles northeast of Phoenix.
The Sheriff's Office reports that it is reviewing dozens of leads that were
phoned in on Tuesday, but so far no suspect has emerged. In addition to ATF
agents, two FBI agents and many deputies from Cochise County and from the
state Department of Public Safety are looking at the explosion.
Local LDS Church officials report no threats recently. "I'm still amazed
right now," said Bishop Paul Reidhead. "It's just a small community, with
excellent outdoor activities, solid families, solid schools and good