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A bomb squad responded to a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thurston County after finding a suspicious device Wednesday morning.

Detectives responding to a fire found a suspicious item that “had the appearance of being an explosive device,” according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire itself is believed to be the work of an arsonist targeting Jehovah’s Witness buildings across the county.

Detectives found smoldering logs stacked up on an outside wall of the Kingdom Hall. The logs were dowsed with water. There was minimal damage done to the building.

The same Hall was shot up in May. Three others were set on fire. One Hall in Olympia was completely destroyed.

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