Illinois man allegedly tried to bomb Chinese Embassy

An Illinois man from Chicago was arrested Thursday for an alleged attempted firebombing of the Chinese Embassy in Washington.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, a Secret Service officer was standing outside the Embassy on International Place NW when a man approached the building, holding a glass beer bottle stuffed with a black rag that he allegedly attempted to ignite, according to an affidavit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. When the fabric failed to catch fire, the man, identified as Benjamin J. Grabinski, threw the bottle over the embassy door, where it shattered.

Within minutes, officers spotted Grabinski on a sidewalk about two blocks from the embassy. When he was detained and arrested, Grabinski reportedly told officers that he “tried to light it, but it didn’t work, so I just threw it away.”

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