Man charged 9 years after bomb left in NC Walmart

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains.

Officials say there were no serious injuries at the store in Sylva when the bomb exploded in September 2007.

Federal court records say Larry Bowlsby’s fingerprint was found on a shopping cart after the explosion. Initially, it didn’t match any prints in the federal system, but agents ran it again this year.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a business involved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Prosecutors say Bowlsby was captured on surveillance video in the Sylva Walmart pushing a cart and leaving an object behind.

It wasn’t known if Bowlsby had a lawyer.