FBI: Potential Person Of Interest In Explosion

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The scene of a reported explosion near the intersection of Moreno and El Paso Streets. (Photo: Eugene Daniels, KOAA)

COLORADO SPRINGS – The FBI has identified a “potential person of interest” in connection to an explosion Tuesday morning against the exterior wall of a building that houses a barber shop and the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.

It’s currently unknown which of the building’s occupants was the intended target, the FBI says. No one was injured. FBI is considering it a possible act of “domestic terror.”

The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device that was detonated at around 10:45 a.m. against the exterior wall of the building, which was located at 603 South El Paso Boulevard. The FBI says a gas can had been placed adjacent to the device, but did not ignite.

The explosion caused only minimal damage to the side of the structure, according to the FBI.

The person of interest is described as a Caucasian man who is approximately 40 years old and balding. Authorities say he may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pickup truck with paneling, a dark-colored bed liner, open tailgate and a missing or covered license plate.

Anyone with information about the incident or individual is asked to call the FBI Denver tip line at 303-435-7787.

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