Manhattan Firebomb Toss Was Not a Hate Crime: Police

Authorities are still looking for a man who threw a bottle apparently filled with rubbing alcohol at another man with whom he had had an argument last week.

The bottle shattered on the ground and started a fire in front of the building on West 37th Street Friday afternoon and the suspect fled. No injuries were reported.

Police were initially looking into the attack as a possible hate crime because two Yeshiva students were in the area. Authorities say the suspect left the scene after the initial argument with the man and then returned with the bottle as two Yeshiva students had walked up to ask about using a cellphone.

Authorities say the Jewish men were not the suspect's intended targets.

Police released surveillance images of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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