An explosion on Friday October 18, 2008 injured four individuals at the law firm of McCamy Phillips Tuggle & Fordham in Dalton, Georgia. The only fatality was bomber himself -78-year-old Lloyd Sylvester Cantrell of Varnell, Georgia. Local authorities stated Cantrell first tried to ram the front of the law office with his GMC SUV but was unsuccessful.
He went to the rear of the building and attempted to enter the building, armed with a gasoline bomb. The bomb exploded just as Cantrell entered and severely burned attorney Jim Phillips in his attempt to stop Cantrell. Authorities found Cantrell’s SUV packed with explosives, including gasoline, propane and natural gas cylinders. Investigators concluded that Cantrell was angry with the firm, which was representing his son, Bruce Cantrell, in a 2006 property dispute. Further investigations are pending.
Jana Simard is a contributing writer for Justice News Flash with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Born in Canada, but raised in sunny south Florida, Jana had an early passion for writing. During her high school and college years she interned at a Florida Congressman's office as well as a Rhode Island Governor and Senator's office. While in her last two years of college, Jana spent six months in Salamanca, Spain where she truly discovered her passion for writing and had her articles published in her school's newspaper. Her experience in two Providence high profile law firms has equipped her with the ability to write for Justice News Flash as a Legal Reporter.