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Police: Arsonist with 'flame-thrower' on the loose in Minneapolis

Police need help identifying him.
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Police in Minneapolis are hunting an arsonist who is armed with a "flame-thrower."

The public appeal was issued Friday afternoon, following an incident on Apr. 25 in which bale of packaged, recycled materials was set alight on Irving Avenue North.

The culprit was using a "hand-held, garden style torch" to set fire to the bale, which ultimately cost Pioneer Paper $10,000 in damages.

"Earlier, three white, adult males in their 20’s or early 30’s, one of whom was seen carrying a garden style torch, were observed near 1 ½ Ave N and Oliver Ave N walking in the direction of Pioneer Paper," police said.

Police have issued a video showing the incident and examples of the product used to start the fire, which they say is similar to the wand "for a pressure washer."

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"The flame thrower may be homemade or a modified garden torch able to throw a significant level of flame," police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 612-673-3070, with a reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Here is video showing the incident.

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