Explosive Devices Detonate in Lake Wales Mall

By Simon Veazey, Epoch Times
January 22, 2018 Last Updated: January 22, 2018

Two improvised explosive devices detonated at a mall in Lake Wales on Sunday evening Jan. 21, according to reports.

After investigating what was first thought to be a smoke alarm alert, emergency services determined that two pipe bombs had detonated in the corridor of the mall in Florida.

East Ridge Mall, Florida (Screenshot/GoogleMaps)

After the smoke and flames had died down, police found a “backpack or book bag that contained five or six other IEDs that were not detonated,” Lake Wales Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Schulze told ABC.

Authorities are now searching for a “person of interest”.

The mall was evacuated and no injuries were reported.