2 IEDs Explode At Florida Mall


Two improvised explosive devices detonated at a mall in central Florida on Sunday, authorities said.

Police are still searching for a person of interest who was seen running from the building.

No one was injured by the blasts around 5:30 p.m. at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, Florida, about 65 miles east of Tampa, NBC News reported.

The devices appeared to resemble pipe bombs; they were made of PVC piping that was wrapped in electrical tape. The explosions occurred in a service corridor near a JCPenney store, and the mall was evacuated as a safety precaution. K9 units searched the mall on Sunday evening and the FBI was notified.

"It's very concerning to us," Lakes Wales Deputy Police Chief Troy Schulze said at a press conference on Sunday. "We're a family-oriented community. This is a family-oriented mall. When this started, my son was actually working here."

Police are searching for a white male described as heavily built and wearing a gray shirt and hat, according to the local outlet 10 News.

The mall is scheduled to reopen on Monday morning.


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