Authorities treating rainbow flag torched on car as hate crime

A rainbow flag hanging at a Forsyth County, Ga., home was set on fire Monday night.

After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, a homeowner in the area of Hurt Bridge Road replaced their American flag with a rainbow flag, a symbol associated with gay pride.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Robin Regan said the flag was removed by an unknown person who laid it on the windshield of the victim’s vehicle and ignited it with the use of an accelerant, possibly tiki torch fluid.

The same accelerant was apparently poured on the ground surrounding the vehicle and ignited. A peach tree in the front yard was also damaged.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported Tuesday morning.

It is being investigated as a hate crime.

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