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Two Bombs Explode in Emeryville -- Federal Agents Investigate
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Thursday Aug 28th, 2003 2:24 PM
Federal agencies were called in to investigate two bombs that exploded early Thursday morning outside an Emeryville biotech company.
Two Bombs Explode in Emeryville -- Federal Agents Investigate

Simon Perez

Federal agencies were called in to investigate two bombs that exploded early Thursday morning outside an Emeryville biotech company.

Agents were looking into possible links with animal rights groups, as Chiron employees have reported being harassed at their homes over the last several weeks.

The bombs went off between 3am and 4am at Chiron's offices on 53rd and Hollis. The devices were described as rudimentary -- five-gallon containers set off with egg-timers, investigators said.

"They were powerful enough to do damage," said Emeryville Police Sgt. LaJuan Collier. "They were powerful enough to shatter windows."

No one was injured.

Chiron has been targeted by animal rights protesters before, because it uses animals to test its cancer and infectious disease drugs. Recently, the company had sent an email to employees, asking them to be aware of anything suspicious.

"The FDA (news - web sites) requires that all pharmaceutical companies use animals for testing and research before they put any compound into human beings," said Chiron spokesperson John Gallagher.

"I'm not sure what's trying to be accomplished here," said Emeryville Mayor Ken Bukowski. "We're trying to save humanity with Chiron. We're not trying to do anything bad."

Agents from the ATF and FBI (news - web sites) were on the scene Thursday afternoon, along with officers from the CHP, the Emeryville Police Department, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Alameda County bomb squad.

"Unfortunately, California has the dubious distinction of having more bombing incidents than any state in the United States," said Marti McKee of the ATM. "We have over 600 a year. Most of those have nothing to do with protest. They generally have to do with disgruntled employees, or personal relationships gone awry."

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