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An improvised explosive device has been detonated in a corridor of Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, Florida, according to local media.

The device was located along with a backpack with other devices in it. Nobody was injured in the explosion, but there was damage to ceilings and walls within the mall.

The mall was evacuated and a criminal investigation is underway, according to the Daily Ridge.


UPDATE: According to police, “a middle-aged white male with a heavy/stocky build has been labeled a “person of interest” in this case. He was wearing a gray shirt and a gray hat before the explosion.” (9:00 p.m. ET)


Police are now saying that two pipe bombs were detonated at the mall, and that police are “inspecting another suspicious device that was left near the mall’s movie theater.” (10:30 p.m. ET)


Authorities say that the two objects believed to have been bombs were flares disguised in electrical tape. There was damage to the ceiling that was believed to have been caused by the suspect. (source) 5:41 p.m. ET January 23, 2018

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