‘Pizzagate’ Never Ends: Arson Suspected At Conspiracy Theorist Hotspot

In this Dec. 5, 2016, photo, the front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. For conspiracy theorists, "pizzagate" didn't end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant in ... In this Dec. 5, 2016, photo, the front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. For conspiracy theorists, "pizzagate" didn't end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant in a misguided attempt to rescue child sex slaves, instead, the shooting fired up further belief in the baseless claims. On blogs, YouTube channels and internet radio shows devoted to conspiracy theories, some see Edgar Maddison Welch’s as the latest “false flag.” That’s a term for a cover-up or distraction orchestrated by the government or other powerful figures. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) MORE LESS
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January 26, 2019 10:58 a.m.

Investigators say that a small fire at Comet Ping Pong Pizza in Washington D.C., the site of a conspiracy theory-motivated shooting in 2016, was set intentionally and are hunting down the alleged arsonist.

According to a local Fox affiliate, employees were able to quell the blaze before firefighters arrived.

In December 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch stormed the shop with an AR-15 style rifle and fired off three shots due to a (fully debunked) conspiracy theory that then-candidate Hillary Clinton and other Democrats were running a child sex trafficking ring in the restaurant’s basement.

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