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Police: Man arrested for throwing explosive, inciting Lynchburg riot

Video shows him throwing M-80 under car, police say

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A man has been arrested after police say he threw an explosive under a car and incited riots in Lynchburg at the end of May.

Authorities have arrested Edwin Demerly, 24, for conspiring to incite a riot.

Edwin Demerly was arrested for conspiring to incite a riot after police say he threw an M-80 under a car
Edwin Demerly was arrested for conspiring to incite a riot after police say he threw an M-80 under a car (Lynchburg Police Department)

According to police, peaceful protests went on for several hours near the Fifth and Federal roundabout on May 31 before turning violent after protesters heard a loud bang in the area.

Authorities say detectives have looked at hours of video and found that the loud bang came from Demerly throwing an M-80 explosive under a car.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation.


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