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Alabama man had 11 Molotov cocktails 'ready to go' at U.S. Capitol riot

Alabama man had 11 Molotov cocktails 'ready to go' at U.S. Capitol riot

A 70-year-old Alabama man had 11 Molotov cocktail devices "ready to go" when he was arrested during the breach and riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. 

The homemade explosives contained gasoline and materials amounting to "homemade napalm," according to a federal prosecutor on Friday.

Lonnie Coffman, of Falkville, was arrested on gun and ammunition charges sometime Wednesday night after a pro-Trump rally escalated into an insurrection inside the nation's Capitol building.

In a Department of Justice press call on Friday, prosecutors revealed authorities responding to a separate report of possible pipe bombs found a pickup with Alabama plates. 

Inside were the 11 Molotov cocktails, an M4 Carbine assault rifle and two handguns. Coffman faces firearm charges and possession of a destructive device. DOJ prosecutors said Friday Coffman has already appeared in court, but his court file has not yet been unsealed. 

Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. Attorney in D.C., said Thursday the Molotov cocktails were "ready to go" when Coffman was arrested.  Coffman's ex-wife, reached by phone on Thursday, said she didn't know "anything" about Coffman's travels to D.C. or his subsequent arrest but declined to comment further. The two officially divorced in 2019 but were in occasional contact. 

Messages left with other Coffman family members have not yet been returned. 

Coffman was arrested Wednesday amid a pro-Trump rally that turned violent on Wednesday, leading to an insurrection inside the nation's Capitol and at least two deaths.More:Alabama man dies amid pro-Trump rally, riot at U.S. Capitol

In contrast, Coffman does not appear to have maintained any recent public social media footprint. He has no previous criminal record, according to state and federal court data.

The FBI is offering a reward for information on two pipe bombs in D.C. amid a deadly riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. At least one Alabama man was arrested with multiple incendiary devices on the scene.

Coffman's alleged cocktails were not the only incendiary devices on scene in D.C. Wednesday. Amid the chaos, authorities reported that two IEDs were found near the Democratic and Republican National committees shortly before the Capitol breach. 

Sherwin on Thursday confirmed the bombs, identified as pipe bombs by the FBI, were real and were safely destroyed by law enforcement. The FBI is offering $50,000 for information identifying at least one suspect caught on camera in a mask, hood and gloves. 

Sherwin on Thursday would not rule out any possible charges on the table for rioters arrested during the insurrection or in the days after, including sedition, as the crowd breached the Capitol to halt the certification of electoral votes in the presidential election. 

Prosecutors say more arrests and federal charges are expected. 

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