Clovis News

Bombing linked to supplies from Clovis company

A man arrested in connection with the bombing of a Santa Monica synagogue purchased material allegedly used in the crime from a Clovis construction supply company, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But a spokesman at the company, Constar, characterized the material as ordinary construction material.

Ron Hirsch, 60, was arrested late Monday near a Chabad House in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He is accused of setting off a large explosive device April 7 at the Santa Monica Chabad House. The blast sent a 300-pound metal pipe encased in concrete through the roof of a home next to the synagogue.

He agreed Wednesday to return from Ohio to face charges. No plea was entered on a federal fugitive count.

The Times quoted a federal arrest warrant which described a receipt for three 11-pound bags of a "demolition agent," purchased in Clovis on April 1. The receipt was found at the scene of the Santa Monica bombing.

A man who answered the phone at Constar said the material is "a non-regulated product sold all the time in the construction industry." The man would only say that his first name was Mark.