Illinois man accused of throwing firebomb at St. Louis federal building

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 4:47 p.m. CDT; updated 9:38 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A southwestern Illinois man is accused of damaging a St. Louis federal building with a firebomb.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 33-year-old Jeremiah McGee of Fairview Heights, Ill., has been charged with attempted destruction of U.S. property by fire or explosion.

Authorities alleged that on Monday afternoon McGee drove to the Robert Y. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis and retrieved something similar to a Molotov cocktail from his car.

Investigators said a guard saw the man light the device and throw it at the building, causing a fireball that scorched the wall and sidewalk.

The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

It's not clear if McGee has an attorney. A message was left Tuesday at a home telephone listing for McGee.

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