Explosive devices detonated at Florida mall; Suspicious items found


Improvised explosive devices erupted at mall entrance.

She tweeted: "Two devices exploded inside a corridor in the mall and a backpack was also found there without any explosives in it".

A third suspicious item was discovered near a movie theater, he said, but the state fire marshal's office determined that it was harmless, NBC News reported. Eagle Ridge is about 30 miles east of Tampa.

Schulze would not speculate on a motive or who might've planted the devices.

"There is nothing at this time to indicate this act was terrorism", he said. "It's very concerning when we think about it, I mean, people here, shopping, just enjoying a Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening with their family".

But in a statement Monday, Eagle Ridge Mall officials said that "initial reports of pipe bombs, IEDs, explosions or detonations of any kind. were incorrect, as were reports that any risky materials were found".

Their ignition rattled much of the community when they went off about half an hour before the mall closed Sunday.

Based on descriptions from witnesses, police say they're looking for a middle-aged white man with a heavy build who was wearing a gray shirt and hat, as a person of interest.

After 11 p.m. Sunday bomb sniffing K9s continued to search each store inside the mall.

The mall is scheduled to reopen on Monday morning.

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