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FBI: NAACP was not the target of firecracker

A man confessed to the FBI that he set off a homemade firecracker next door to the NAACP office in Colorado Springs. The FBI says he was targeting an account’s office. The man was sentenced to Federal Prison in 2010 for filing false tax returns. The accountant has since died. However, you can still see the sign for his office on the building in Google Street View.

The local media originally reported that a “suspicious loud boom” occurred outside a barbershop in Colorado Springs. Then NAACP boss Henry Allen, who has an office on the other side of the barbershop, claimed a pre-existing black stain was “bomb damage.” The black stain received national media coverage.

When photographs on Google Street View showed the same black stain in four month old photographs, the media completely dropped the story.

Now, Henry Allen, the perpetrator of the black stain hoax, is desperately trying to keep his bombing hoax alive. Henry Allen falsely told the media that the accountant’s office had been closed for “twenty years.”

Allen went on to say “He targeted somebody in this building, and in my estimate it was not the tax people,” Allen said. “Does anyone really think this guy is going to admit to this?”


Dorschner said investigators determined the bombing was not an act of terrorism. But, he added, “We’re also continuing our investigation to determine whether that confession is true.” On Friday afternoon, Murphy’s weathered pickup truck and trailer still sat outside the duplex where he lives on a winding street of modest apartment buildings in northern Colorado Springs. No one answered the door at his apartment.

Nobody was hurt in the Jan. 6 explosion adjacent to a wall of Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, a barber shop that also shares the building with the NAACP in a mostly residential neighborhood. The crude device caused minor damage, failing to ignite a canister of gasoline set next to it. Even if the canister had ignited, the damage likely would have been minimal, the FBI said at the time.

Still, the explosion gained widespread attention due to its closeness to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and the FBI investigated it as a possible hate crime. National NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said his organization appreciates local and federal authorities’ swift efforts in arresting and charging a suspect.

“We seek a continued investigation into the motive of the alleged suspect, and we look forward to the culmination of his criminal trial,” he said in a statement. “We will remain vigilant as we continue fighting for civil and human rights in Colorado Springs and throughout the country.”


Henry Allen claimed a pre-existing black stain was “bomb damage”