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Va. Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Explosion at Sandwich Shop

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A 25-year-old man accused of causing a massive explosion in a Lorton, Va. sandwich shop has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Horace Sinclair Thompson, Jr., 25, was sentenced Thursday for pouring gasoline inside the store and igniting it with a lighter.

Thompson was found guilty following a multi-day jury trial on Oct. 3, 2013.

According to court documents, the ignition of “highly volatile vapors” caused a massive explosion and fireball that destroyed the majority of the store on Feb. 6, 2013.

The force of the blast was reportedly so powerful that officials say it blew out the store’s windows, cracked and melted porcelain fixtures and blew a door off of its hinges.

Thompson was also burned from the blast, and arrested after he was admitted to a local hospital with burns consistent with the arson.

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