**UPDATE: Objects police mistook for IEDs were actually sea flares; investigators trying to establish ground in occurrence but don’t think terrorism.**
FLORIDA — Officials says an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded at a Lake Wales, Florida selling mall Sunday night.
The explosve was detonated at the opening 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 anxiety to an alarm call. While enroute the call was changed to a structure fire. Once on stage the fire dialect located smoke coming from a mezzanine located next to the mall opening of JC Penney.
The fire dialect detected an makeshift bomb device had been detonated in corridor. They also located a trek in the same mezzanine with other probable makeshift bomb inclination in it. There were no injuries as a outcome of the blast but there was repairs to a dump roof and presumably to the mezzanine wall.
At 5:30pm the Lake Wales Police Department responded to start a rapist investigation.
The mall was been evacuated. On stage aiding with the review is the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshall, and the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad. The FBI was also responding.
Based on information supposing by witnesses they are looking for a person of seductiveness who is described as a prime white male, heavy/stocky build, wearing a grey shirt and a grey hat.
BREAKING: An IED was detonated at a Lake Wales, Florida Mall tonight, Mall has been evacuated. Multiple agencies looking for prime white male, complicated build, wearing a grey shirt and grey shawl (person of interest). More inclination located in trek nearby, no injuries – WWSB
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) Jan 22, 2018
Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales — the fire dialect detected an makeshift bomb device had been detonated in a mezzanine next to the outward opening to JCPenney pic.twitter.com/wvjl7huB3j
— Gabrielle Shirley (@WFLAGabrielle) Jan 22, 2018
Police departments around the country, including the NYPD, suggested their officers to be on alert.
[Eagle Ridge Mall is a regional, enclosed selling mall located on the north side of Lake Wales, Florida.]