HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — The Republican Party headquarters in Orange County was vandalized and firebombed with what police described as a “Molotov cocktail” overnight, Hillsborough officials said Sunday.
The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and “flammable material” in a bottle was thrown through a window starting a fire inside, Hillsborough police said in an email.
Graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police.
That graffiti ncluded a swastika and was discovered before 9 a.m. by a nearby business owner, officials said.
“The flammable substance appears to have ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior before going out,” said police, who describe the object as a Molotov cocktail.
No one was hurt and no damage estimates were available. Police are working with the ATF to investigate and the FBI was added to the investigation, officials said in an update late Sunday.
The North Carolina Republican Party released a statement Sunday afternoon calling the incident a “vicious attack” and “hate crime” and said they would increase security at events and offices