A team of federal explosives experts was assembled yesterday to investigate the bombings of three clinics where abortions were performed, and the government offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
The predawn blasts on Christmas Day destroyed one clinic and caused heavy damage at two. Total property loss was estimated at $375,000.
"A second wrong doesn't make a right . . . ," said Roman Catholic Bishop J. Keith Symons of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese as antiabortion religious leaders generally condemned the violence.
"There's no way the Lord condones acts of violence," said the Rev. Chuck Baldwin of Crossroads Baptist Church.
The Rev. David Shofner of West Pensacola Baptist Church, who had led picketing at all three places, called the bombings "deplorable" but effective.
"Certainly there won't be any babies killed in these three clinics for awhile," he said.
A team of about 15 U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms explosives experts from throughout the Southeast was being formed to join local agents and investigators.
In Orlando, sheriff's officials were using a laser to seek fingerprints on wrapping left after a homemade bomb apparently attached to an air dispenser exploded and critically injured a boy as he put air in his bicycle tires at a convenience store.