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It will be interesting to see if the “person of interest” was one of the attorney’s clients.

ATLANTA -- One person was killed in an explosion at a Dalton law office Friday morning, authorities said Friday afternoon.

The victim has not been identified. More details are expected to be released at a 4:30 p.m. press conference.

Fast Facts
Explosion happened around 10 a.m.
Law office spacializes in personal injury, wrongful death
FBI, GBI to update case at 4:30 p.m. 
The blast at at McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham was caused by some type of explosive device, according to Dalton police Lt. Bruce Frazier. Frazier said there's a person of interest in the case but no one has been arrested. Published reports said earlier Friday that a man named Lloyd Cantrell had been questioned.

The explosion happened at around 10 a.m. Friday. A Dalton police spokesperson said there was some sort of altercation at the law office just before the blast.

The eight-lawyer firm, founded in 1932, works out of a two-story, colonial-style house. Police cordoned off the block and shut down a post office near the law firm, which specializes in personal injury and wrongful death cases, according to its Web site.

At least four people were hurt, authorities said, including an attorney, James Phillips, who investigators said suffered severe hand injuries and was severely burned. He was airlifted to the Still Burn Center in Augusta. The other three victims were in stable condition at Hamilton Medical Center, spokeswoman Emily Michael said.

City Park Elementary School was locked down, though it wasn't damaged. Children were taken to a nearby church.

Court proceedings were suspended at the Whitfield County Courthouse.


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