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Man charged in vandalism at congressman’s office

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Kansas City man has been charged with throwing two Molotov cocktails at a U.S. congressman’s office on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 28-year-old Eric King was charged Wednesday in last week’s attempted firebombing at Emanuel Cleaver’s office in Kansas City.

Police said a window was broken but that the alcohol-filled bottles failed to ignite before falling harmlessly outside the building. Paper towels that were stuffed into the necks of the bottles appear to have been lit but went out while still in the air.

The affidavit says video footage shows King throwing a hammer through Cleaver’s office window and lighting the devices.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Don Ledford said that he didn’t think King had an attorney.