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Gunman holding firefighters dead after standoff

SUWANEE, Ga. — A gunman who was having financial problems held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, demanding his cable and power be turned back on, before being shot dead when SWAT members stormed the house, authorities said Wednesday. The hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract the gunman before moving in, but they will be fine, a fire official said.

Minutes before police announced the resolution, a huge blast could be heard a quarter-mile away from the home, shuddering through the suburban neighborhood 35 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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