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Guest posted a topic in Jehovah’s Witnesses's TopicsYELM, Wash. — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating after someone tried to set fire to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Yelm. This comes after four other recent attacks on Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thurston County that are being investigated as hate crimes. In the latest incident, authorities were called around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to the report of an attempted arson at the Kingdom Hall on Vail Road SE in Yelm. The ensuing investigation closed a large section of Vail Road for most of the day. Church elders had arrived to find fire logs stacked up against an outside wall that was smoldering. They doused the logs with water and prevented any further damage to the building. The elders reported finding a suspicious device placed on the ground on the west side of the building. It “had the appearance of being an explosive device,” so deputies called the bomb squad to the scene. People living nearby the church told Q13 News they were told by law enforcement to evacuate for their own safety. “I got woken up by my roommate Zachary saying there was a device on the church next door to our house and we needed to evacuate,” said Richard McIntire. McIntire’s shared his concern about living so close to what’s become a repeated target. “I don’t understand why people have to target churches,” he said. Neighbors in rural Yelm expressed their worries about the attacks and hoped police would soon make an arrest before someone gets hurt. By late afternoon investigators determined the suspicious device wasn’t dangerous. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office later tweeted, “The suspicious device was made to look like a real bomb but in the end, it was found to be fake.” Read more: