Explosive device goes off outside NAACP in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (BNO NEWS) -- An improvised explosive device was detonated Tuesday outside a local chapter of the African-American civil rights organization NAACP in Colorado, but it failed to detonate as intended and caused no casualties, federal officials said. No arrests were made yet.

The incident happened at about 10:45 a.m. local time when an explosion was heard outside a building housing a hair salon and the local NAACP chapter in Colorado Springs in the state of Colorado. There were no casualties and the explosion caused only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building.

"An improvised explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of a building located at 603 South El Paso Boulevard," said Special Agent Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Denver Field Office. "A gasoline can had been placed adjacent to the device, however, the contents of the can did not ignite upon explosion."

The motive for the attack was not immediately known, but Sanders said authorities were looking for a potential person of interest described as a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. "He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate," she said.

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