ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A southwestern Illinois man has been charged after he allegedly threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown St. Louis on Monday.
Prosecutors said 33-year-old Jeremiah McGee of Fairview Heights, Ill., was charged with attempted destruction of U.S. property by fire or explosion. He was expected to make his first court appearance later Tuesday afternoon.
According to the affidavit, McGee drove up to the government building in the 1200 block of Spruce Street around 1 a.m. Monday and parked his car near the security guard shack.
Officials said a guard on duty saw McGee go towards the building, then return to his vehicle and retrieve something similar to a Molotov cocktail.
Investigators say a guard saw the man light the device and throw it at the building, causing a fireball that scorched the wall and sidewalk. St. Louis Police Officers later recovered a broken glass bottle at the scene.
No injuries were reported.
The building houses several government agencies, including Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers.
If convicted, McGee faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
It's not clear if McGee has an attorney. A message was left Tuesday at a home telephone listing for McGee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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