Lynchburg man arrested for throwing explosive, inciting a riot at Fifth and Federal on May 31, police say

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — More than two months after the chaotic riot outside Fifth and Federal in Lynchburg, police announced the arrest of a man for throwing an explosive and inciting a riot the night of May 31.

The Lynchburg Police Department says several hours of peaceful protests near the Fifth and Federal roundabout on May 31 turned violent after protesters heard a loud bang in the area.

After watching hours of video evidence, detectives confirmed the loud bang came from a person throwing an M-80 explosive under a car.

Police announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, that officers arrested 24-year-old Edwin Kyle Demerly of Lynchburg for conspiring to incite a riot.

However, according to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority, Demerly has already been released from the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.

The investigation is still ongoing, police say.

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