A masked man tried five times but ultimately failed to firebomb a Kensington home about 2 a.m. on Jan. 9, police said today.

Police released surveillance video on Monday that shows the man light the Molotov cocktail all five times and throw it at the front window of the home — on the 2600 block of North Frankford Avenue — five times, only to watch it bounce off the house and land on the sidewalk.


On the second to last attempt, it ricochets back into his face.

After that, he tries one last time, but then gives up and runs away.

The man — dressed in a black hat, sweatpants and a coat with a hooded sweatshirt underneath — is wanted for arson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact East Detectives Division at 215-686-3243, or 215-686-3244

Tips can also be sent to 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.


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