- Associated Press - Friday, August 26, 2016

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts’ fire marshal’s office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about an explosive that detonated inside the news box of an LGBT newspaper in Salem.

The explosion of the Rainbow Times box along the Essex Street mall was reported early Tuesday. Police say it shook the downtown area and was heard up to a mile away.

Police say they’re treating the case as a possible hate crime.

The Rainbow Times is marketed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The newspaper says the box has been vandalized nearly 10 times before.

The Fire Marshal’s office says anyone with information about the blast can call the statewide Arson Hotline, which rewards people for helping solve arson cases.

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