Explosion In Eagle Ridge Mall In Lake Wales, Florida, Suspect At Large

A bomb exploded in the entryway of a JC Penney at a Florida Mall on Sunday evening police have said

The FBI and Eagle Ridge Mall said in separate statements two signal flares triggered a fire alarm in an unoccupied area of the facility around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

When the arrived, the fire department said they saw smoke coming from a hallway next to the mall entrance of JCPenny.

Troy Schulze said: "They determined that an IED, or a pipe bomb explosive, had detonated in the corridor".

Police are seeking a middle-aged, heavy-set man wearing a grey hat and a grey shirt man seen running from the scene for questioning.

The mall was evacuated and police initiated a search to locate any additional explosive devices but none were found. "Bomb technicians examined the contents of the backpack and determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Schulze said investigators will be looking for surveillance video of the person of interest. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been notified but that it was too early to consider whether the incident could be terrorism. Lake Wales police responded, with the bomb squad as well as assistance from the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office. Officials also said that the incident didn't appear to be terrorism-related.

"When this started, my son was actually working here at this mall".

The mall is slated to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. No other explosives were found in the backpack that was in the corridor.

At the time when the incident was occurred, there were 100 people estimated in the mall.

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