I heard an immense caterwauling of sirens last night, and I read this morning’s paper to find out that there was a coordinated arson/break-in attack on three Baptist churches. The Memorial Baptist Church suffered severe damage.
There was a recent outbreak of these in Southern Alabama, which turned out to be the work of Birmingham suburbanites on a joyriding “prank.” Given the number of people here in the same age group, I suppose that’s as likely an explanation as any, though the apparent simultaneity suggests a bit more organization than that.
Update: I listened to a police and fire department press conference, and the first fire was set around 10:30. A suspect was seen fleeing from the scene, and the next fire was set about thirty minutes later.