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Battery used in Olympic Park bomb traced to South Florida

Olympic park September 20, 1996
Web posted at: 7:40 a.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) -- The FBI has traced a 12-volt battery likely used to detonate the Centennial Olympic Park bomb to a chain of Florida hardware stores.

The owner of the Sewell Hardware stores told CNN affiliates WXIA-TV in Atlanta and WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida, that the battery was traced to his chain by its lot number.

Worley Sewell said the battery, a type used for lanterns, was in a shipment of 24 batteries delivered to his chain earlier this year.

An FBI agent told him the "battery used to detonate the bomb in Atlanta at the Olympics was sold at one of the Sewell Hardware locations," Sewell said.

The owner of the hardware store chain said an initial computer check of his 11 stores did not pinpoint which one the battery came from.

The July 27 explosion killed a Georgia woman and injured 111 people. A Turkish cameraman died of a heart attack while rushing to cover the scene.

"It's kind of eerie to think part of what made that bomb blow up came from here in south Florida," Sewell said.

Security guard Richard Jewell, who first spotted the unattended knapsack containing the bomb and helped direct people away from it, was named as a suspect three days later. Jewell has denied planting the device, and no charges have been filed against him.


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