NC officials: Man charged 9 years after bomb exploded in Walmart

Google Street View of the Walmart in Sylva.

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to arrest a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains.

Officials say there were no serious injuries at the store in Sylva when the bomb exploded in September 2007.

Federal court records say Larry Bowlsby’s fingerprint was found on a shopping cart after the explosion. Initially, it didn’t match any prints in the federal system, but agents ran it again this year.

Authorities say Bowlsby was convicted after four incendiary devices made with tennis balls were found in his car in Colorado in 2009.

Prosecutors say Bowlsby was captured on surveillance video in the Sylva Walmart pushing a cart and leaving an object behind.

It wasn’t known if Bowlsby had a lawyer.

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