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Circus owner says man threw Molotov cocktail

Posted at 12:05 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 07:42:40-05
The owner of Ramos Bros. Circus says someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a group of people Tuesday night.
Oliver Ramos told 13 Action News, as people were leaving the circus and heading to their cars, a guy was seen throwing a Molotov cocktail out his window. It reportedly hit one of the circus trucks and shattered on the ground.
Ramos says the eyewitness rushed and told a circus employee.
"The liquid spilled right there," said Oliver Ramos. "We don't know what it might be. Here is part of the bottle because my employee kicked it."
The fire bomb didn't injure anyone, but Ramos says it easily could have.
"It's scary because, as the people were exiting, it's very, very, very, scary that that happened."
So why'd the person do it? Ramos isn't sure. But he believes it may have been protesters. He's been dealing with circus protesters lately.
"They've been getting more and more aggressive," he said. "They say they're peaceful but apparently it isn't that way."
Ramos recently had a megaphone thrown at his face after he says animal activists broke into the circus tent. But he says the fire bomb was by far the worst he's seen yet.
"They are risking everybody's lives, not just our family, but the people that come and attend the circus of course."
Police came to the scene and took the Molotov cocktail with them to investigate. They do not have a suspect or vehicle description.
The circus is currently located near the Boulevard Mall on Maryland Parkway.