Explosive Damages AT&T Tower in Mississippi, Suspect Under Arrest

An AT&T tower in Mt. Olive, MS was damaged by an explosive device planted at the site, according to authorities. A Mississippi man, Victor Schexnayder, 48, of Prentiss, was arrested in connection with the incident by Jefferson Davis County deputies, according to MagnoliaStateLive. The amount of damage was not disclosed.

The device was detonated last Wednesday, causing a power outage at the site on Clem Road. According to authorities, Schexnayder had recently left the carrier as an employee.

“At this point, we do not suspect this is related in any way to an act of terrorism,” Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) South Mississippi Resident Agent in Charge Jason Denham told MagnoliaStateLive. Denham said Schexnayder was charged with felony malicious mischief and booked into the Jefferson Davis County Jail. The ATF, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department are pursuing federal prosecution for the alleged crime.

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