ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – We now know who was hurt at a midtown Atlanta apartment building Tuesday in an explosion caused by what law enforcement called a “Molotov cocktail.”
Saamer Akshabi is a graduate student from Iran, studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing in Atlanta.
The fire happened at about 4 p.m. Tuesday at the apartment located about a mile from Georgia Tech’s campus at 275 10th Street near Piedmont Park.
Akhshabi suffered severe burns on his hands, arms, chest and face, authorities said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.
Atlanta Fire Rescue noticed what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail along with several other plastic bottles filled with liquid. AFR cleared the apartment and Homeland Security was notified.
SWAT cleared the apartment of any explosives and examined the liquid, identifying it as gasoline and kerosene.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force was on the scene, along with the Atlanta Police Department’s bomb squad. ATF and FBI agents also were at the scene.
Georgia Tech released the following statement Tuesday night:
“Georgia Tech is working with law enforcement to notify the victim’s family. Until that notification is made the Institute is not able to release the victim’s information. We are able to confirm a Georgia Tech graduate student was involved in an incident involving a fire in a building off of 10th street this evening. Our primary concern is to provide appropriate assistance to the victim and for his family as well as his classmates. We continue to cooperate with the investigation of incident.”
Georgia Tech has since confirmed Saamer Akshabi is the man hurt in the explosion
Law enforcement continues to investigate.
…this would-be bomber is also a big, big fan of Obamacare. He also loves himself some gun control.
Gun control, yes: Molotov cocktail control, hell no!