No link was found at this stage between the six fires that have occurred in black churches past two weeks in the south US, said Thursday, July 2 federal agency ATF.
Officer to investigate the origin and causes of all fires or bomb attacks occurring in places of worship in the United UNite since 1996, the ATF said that preliminary investigations made it possible to rule out that this wave of fires was the work of individuals with racist motivations. Investigations are continuing to determine the exact causes of fires, she said, but the first elements have already shown that three were accidental.
The thesis of racist motives surfaced Account . Given the space-time near the fire with the killing of Charleston (South Carolina), where a supporter of white supremacist shot nine parishioners in a black church on June 17.
Call for caution
The Department of Justice said in a statement that two fires were due to natural causes, while a third was triggered after an electrical problem .
The last fire occurred Tuesday night in stormy weather in the Mount Zion AME Church Greeleyville, a hundred kilometers from Charleston. The South Carolina law enforcement division (Sled), state police of South Carolina, said in a statement Thursday that the investigation into the fire was over: the origin of the fire was traced to a cause “natural” , she said, evoking the lightning. This church, in the same congregation that took place where the killing of Charleston, had burned in 1995. Two members of the Ku Klux Klan had pleaded guilty.
The five other churches burned since June 22 if located in the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
Fearing a new wave of arson against churches as in the 1990s, the NAACP, an organization History of Blacks defense on Tuesday called black parishes across the country to take “necessary precautions” .