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Agents Probe N. Carolina Bombs

September 30, 1999

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Federal investigators are said to be looking into a possible link between three bombs found at Lowe’s stores and a fatal accident at a auto track named for the home improvement chain.

The News & Record quoted an unidentified source Thursday as saying someone called Lowe’s to complain not enough was done for victims of the accident.

Three spectators were killed and eight injured May 1 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord when debris from a wrecked car flew into the stands.

The person who called the chain’s headquarters in North Wilkesboro claimed to be ``an aggrieved relative,″ said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Investigators also are looking into the possibility that the bombings are connected to recent efforts to unionize Lowe’s workers, the source said.

A bomb that was found at a store in Concord on Tuesday was the third planted at a Lowe’s in less than a week. Two bombs went off minutes apart Sept. 22 at stores in Asheboro and Salisbury. Three people were injured.

Concord store employees found the bomb soon after Bob Tillman, the chairman and chief executive of Lowe’s, entered the store. Tillman regularly visits stores, said Lowe’s spokesman Brian Peace.

Peace would not comment on the investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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