A stick of dynamite exploded beside City Hall in Laguna Beach early Friday, breaking 24 windows but causing no further damage and no injuries, and police later arrested two transients as suspects, authorities said.
Police Lt. Jim White said one of the suspects, whom he described as "two of the city's local street people," told investigators he exploded the bomb because "he was tired of being harassed by police."
The dynamite was placed in a three-foot-wide landscaped space between two buildings--neither of them the Police Department--and exploded a few minutes before 6 a.m., when no one was in either building, police said. "If it had been in a closed area, there would have been more damage," White said.
Damage was confined to windows in the offices of the city manager, city clerk and Recreation Department, said Police Chief Neil Purcell. He added that police had received no phone calls about the blast beforehand or afterward and that no note or graffiti had been found at the scene.