A chemical incendiary device was set off in the Leesville Wal-Mart Saturday evening, causing two minor injuries.
Leesville Police responded to reports of gunshots inside Wal-Mart on November 1, 2008 at approximately 8:30 p.m. 
Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like gunshots coming from the sporting goods area of the store. Investigators discovered that a small bomb had been detonated, and because of the unknown nature of the bomb, called in the Leesville Fire Department. It was later discovered that the bomb had detonated in the men's clothing area of the store.
One customer and one employee who were in the area suffered minor injuries from the explosion, mostly from the shock of the loud explosive device, said Leesville Chief of Police Bobby Hickman. The two injured persons were transported to Byrd Hospital for treatment of their injuries and were subsequently released.
After reviewing the scene and the security tape from Wal-Mart, investigators identified and arrested two suspects, both white males and both 16. 
One juvenile was charged with criminal trespass having previously been barred from Wal-Mart for shoplifting. 
The second juvenile, who has two previous arson charges through the Leesville Police Department, was charged on state charges of manufacture and possession of a bomb, theft of goods, simple arson, two counts of negligent injury, disturbing the peace and aggravated assault.  He has been transferred to a secure detention facility, reported Hickman.
Hickman commended the professionalism of the Fire Department, Police Department and Wal-Mart personnel who were all  instrumental in keeping the situation from escalating, despite the number of persons shopping in Wal-Mart at the time of the incident. 
"As we near the holiday season, the public needs to be extra cautious, stay aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police Department," Hickman added.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson, who declined to give her name or to comment on the incident, said that the store officials cooperated fully with the investigation and that employee and customer safety and security were their top priority.