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AUSTIN, TX (FOX NEWS) - A small plane slams into a Texas office building sending glass flying and employees running for cover. Moreover, the attack appears to have been intentional.

"It's just mind-blowing to know that someone would actually do that," said Austin resident Shannon Houston.

Just before 10 a.m. Thursday, a small plane crashes into an Austin office building sparking a massive fire and causing panic on the ground.

"Almost, instantaneously after we lost sight of it, there was this huge ball of flames," said one witness.

"Everybody was pulling over on the side of the road," said witness Beth Jones. "And there were people running out of the building."

The pilot appears to be 53-year-old Joseph Stack, a software engineer with a long history of tax problems, allegedly out for revenge against IRS offices inside the building.

Stack, apparently, posted a long, anti-government rant and farewell note on the Internet reading, in part, "I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS Man, let's try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well."

It's believed he set fire to his house before leaving for the suicidal flight -- something police refuse to elaborate on. "We can tell you that that individual, Mr. Stack, is connected to both this location and that locations," said Chief Art Acevedo with the Austin Police Department.

Structural engineers say the building is stable. Now, police and firefighters are working to transition the site from a fire scene to a crime scene. "Wether he had canisters of fuel on board there, whether he had any explosives, that will all be part of the investigation."

Police insists this was the act of a single person and do not suspect a connection to international terrorism.

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