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Molotov cocktail tossed at bicyclist on Greenway

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It's perhaps the last thing anyone would expect to see during a bike ride back to work, but one bicyclist narrowly dodged a Molotov cocktail that was tossed from a bridge while he rode on a popular path on Wednesday.

Drew Ditlefsen told FOX 9 News he was shaken for an hour after the homemade fire-bomb was dropped in his direction while he was riding his bicycle on the Midtown Greenway.

"I just heard a loud thud with a glass and just like a woosh," Ditlefsen recalled.

While he doesn't want his story to scare anyone off the path, Ditlefsen told FOX 9 News he believes something needs to be done to prevent it from happening again.

Ditlefsen said the flaming bottle was hurled at him as he approached the 15th Avenue bridge while returning to work just after lunch hour.

"I saw two people on top of the bridge and the entire width of the Greenway was in flames," he recalled.

Ditlefsen snapped photos of the erupted cocktail and marveled at how lucky it was that he wasn't riding with his usual 400-pound load of coffee beans.

He filed a report with the Minneapolis Police Department, and officers are currently dusting for prints. Glass shards can still be found under the bridge, and officers are urging bicyclists to be careful.

While he did not feel like he was the direct target of an attack, Ditlefsen said he knows a random event like this could happen to anyone and he hopes others will be alert on the Greenway and he hopes the city will consider putting up a barrier.

"I really think that something so little as five feet of fencing could've stopped it and would stop a lot from happening," he said.

Dangerous as it could have been, no pedestrians or cyclists who passed by seemed to shocked by what happened.

"I've already had rocks thrown at me by kids on the bike path here, as well as in the area, just throwing things at me," said Zac Adams-Bliss.

FOX 9 News attempted to contact the Minneapolis Bike Coalition for comment on this story but did not hear back.

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