Jones authorities probe firebomb attack

Local and state officials have opened an investigation into an attempted firebombing of the Jones County District Attorney's office in Laurel.

Investigators sifted through evidence on the roof of the tax collector's building Wednesday, looking for clues in what officials are calling a failed attempt to firebomb District Attorney Tony Buckley's office.

Officials say the attempted arson happened days ago but was only discovered on Wednesday.

"The first concern obviously for the safety of my staff that work up here," Buckley says, "and [I'm] just to be thankful that nobody was hurt and that this building was not burned to the ground."

Officials say at least five plastic containers filled with a petroleum-based liquid were lit and tossed onto the roof outside Buckley's office windows. They all melted or burned themselves out except for one which will undergo crime lab testing.

Buckley says original files are not stored in the office and would not have been compromised.

"So had they succeeded, evidence would not have been lost," he says. "They would have slowed us down but it wouldn't have stopped us in prosecuting a case."

Buckley says he will ask the Jones County supervisors to look into providing video surveillance for the building.

The state fire marshal's office is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. Also Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000. That number is 601-428-STOP.