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Marshall Leonard: Confederate flag supporter accused of throwing explosive device at Wal-Mart

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(WTVA/NBC NEWSCHANNEL)  61-year-old Marshall Leonard is being held without bond at the Lee County Adult Detention Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Police say he lit a fuse and threw an explosive device through the entrance of a Wal-Mart store.

It is not yet known what materials were in the device.

In the meantime, investigators are conducting interviews and a search of Leonard’s vehicle.

Leonard drives a small silver car with a Confederate and Mississippi state flag mounted on top. On the windows of his car are signs that call for a boycott of Wal-Mart.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre says the suspect is well-known for his boycott of Walmart because the chain does not sell the state or Confederate flag. 

Chief Aguirre says Leonard’s support of the flag may have something to do with his actions Sunday morning. "It was an act that could have caused serious damage to property and to anybody or a person that was in a nearby vicinity of this explosion."

Police say Leonard was spotted by a Tupelo police officer shortly after the description of the vehicle was given out.

Chief Aguirre says the suspect ran a red light a short distance away from Wal-Mart.

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