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Police Probe Two Bomb Explosions

July 19, 2001

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) _ Package bombs exploded at two locations of a subsidiary of The Home Depot, while a phony bomb threat caused the home improvement giant to evacuate 4,000 workers at its nearby headquarters.

The first blast occurred Wednesday at an Apex Supply Co. distribution center in Norcross, injuring two people who were taken to a hospital but released a short time later. The second bomb exploded a few hours later at a second Apex office in Lawrenceville; no one was injured.

Authorities also were called to examine suspicious packages at Home Depot’s nearby headquarters and a home remodeling business in Norcross.

Those packages proved to be harmless, but workers, including about 4,000 at Home Depot, were evacuated.

Investigators were trying to determine if the incidents were related.

Apex, a long-established metro Atlanta plumbing supply company, became a subsidiary of Home Depot a few years ago, but it retained its family management.

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