FLORIDA — Officials says an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded at a Lake Wales, Florida shopping mall Sunday night.
The bomb was detonated at the entrance of a JC Penny at the Eagle Ridge Mall.
At 5:22pm the Lake Wales Fire Department responded to the mall, located at 451 Eagle Ridge Drive in Lake Wales, in reference to an alarm call. While enroute the call was changed to a structure fire. Once on scene the fire department located smoke coming from a corridor located next to the mall entrance of JC Penney.
The fire department discovered an improvised explosive device had been detonated in corridor. They also located a backpack in the same corridor with other possible improvised explosive devices in it. There were no injuries as a result of the explosion but there was damage to a drop ceiling and possibly to the corridor wall.
A bomb exploded in the entryway of a JC Penney at a Florida Mall on Sunday evening, police have said.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded just before 5.20pm at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, Florida, according to Fox 35.
Police were called to the mall when an alarm was activated in the mall and the facility was evacuated.
Once on the scene the fire department was able to locate the source of the smoke.
They found that the smoke was coming from a corridor next to JC Penney, and then located the detonated bomb.
The department also found a backpack with other potentially improvised explosive devices inside it.