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Bomb Explodes Outside U.S. Forest Service Ranger’s House

August 5, 1995 GMT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ A bomb exploded under a van at the home of a U.S. Forest Service ranger whose office was shattered by a pipe bomb four months ago.

Investigators said the attack late Friday may be linked to the earlier one. No one was hurt and no one claimed responsibility in either incident.

Friday’s bomb was either thrown or placed underneath the van of District Ranger Guy Pence, parked in the driveway of his house, said Jerry Mather, sheriff’s chief deputy for operations.

Asked about any link to the April 24 explosion that killed the head of the California Forestry Association _ one of a string of bombings attributed to the Unabomber _ he said, ``That’s not a theory that’s being considered.″

Mather said the explosion just before 10 p.m. Friday destroyed the van and broke a few windows in Pence’s home. Pence was on a horseback trip in central Nevada but his wife and three children were in the house in a quiet residential neighborhood on the south side of Nevada’s capital city.

``They’re fine, other than being shaken up,″ Mather said. He added the Forest Service planned to fly Pence home today.

Authorities evacuated his family and four neighbors as experts looked for clues.

The Forest Service office and the homes and vehicles of other agency employees were checked after the bombing. No other explosive devices were found.

``We’re shocked at the violence directed toward Forest Service employees,″ said agency spokeswoman Erin O’Connor. ``And we’re doing all we can to ensure the safety of the employees and their families.″

The bombing at Pence’s office and home are the first on a federal facility or employee in Nevada since Halloween 1993, when a bomb was tossed onto the roof of the federal Bureau of Land Management’s state headquarters in Reno.

Both the BLM and the Forest Service have been involved in ``Sagebrush Rebellion″ issues in the state, including increased fees for grazing livestock, mining on federal lands, and public access to lands under their control.

A March 30 pipe bomb explosion at the Forest Service office, located on Carson City’s main street, blew out a window and damaged walls. The office was unoccupied at the time.

Investigators offered up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions of those responsible, but have not made any arrests.