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Woman accused of throwing firebombs at Palm Beach Gardens Buddhist temple

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) responded to a firebombing incident at a Buddhist temple in unincorporated Palm Beach Gardens Sunday morning.

The PBSO Bomb Squad responded to St. Dak Buddhist Temple, located on the 6900 block of Donald Ross Road, before 8 a.m. Sunday, investigators said. When they arrived, multiple items were found burning on the temple grounds.

Bomb squad members later determined these items were improvised incendiary devices, officials said.

The temple’s video surveillance captured video of a woman igniting and throwing four of the firebombs over the gate and onto temple property, investigators said. The footage also showed her placing a fifth lit firebomb into a mailbox next to the temple.

Sheriff’s office leaders said the building was not damaged, but the mailbox was damaged. The mailbox was still up on the temple grounds as of Sunday night.

Investigators identified the suspect as 46-year-old Mei Cheung of Riviera Beach. She was located and later interviewed by detectives. She is currently at the Palm Beach County Jail awaiting charges. Her exact forthcoming charges are unknown.

The sheriff’s office has not shared whether any federal agencies will assist in the investigation, or whether security footage of the incident will be released.