Backpack bomb found on Spokane, Washington, parade route

SEATTLE Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:57pm EST

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - The FBI is asking the public for help in the investigation of an unexploded backpack bomb left along the parade route of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in Spokane, Washington, the agency said on Tuesday.

The unattended Swiss Army-brand backpack, with wires visible, was discovered on a downtown bench by three city workers who notified police of the device about 30 minutes before the parade was scheduled to begin.

The parade, attended by about 1,500 people, was quickly rerouted while city's bomb disposal unit was summoned and safely "neutralized the device," the FBI said.

FBI agent Frank Harrill described the "improvised explosive device" as having a "very lethal design" capable of inflicting "multiple casualties."

The device in the backpack was largely concealed by two T-shirts packed inside. The exact design and suspected strength of the bomb were not revealed.

The FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individuals responsible for the bomb. Investigators also asked anyone who took photographs or video footage in the area where the pack was found during a three-hour period before the parade to contact the FBI.

(Writing by Steve Gorman; Reporting by Laura L. Myers in Seattle; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (3)
SingleStepper wrote:
First a backpack shoots two teenagers in a school, and now a backpack is trying to blow up a parade! That’s too much! As an American, I say we send these backpacks packing back to where they came from, let the bleeding hearts cry all they want, I can’t take anymore of this abuse simply because I’m trying to be a nice person. Playtime is over!

Jan 18, 2011 6:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DrJJJJ wrote:
Hayden Lake, ID would be a good place to start the search FYI! America has been a melting pot of races for decades now-make the mental adjustment or move! You’re not a freedom fighter or patriot, you’re a criminal with a monster ego! Thanks, White, pretty far right wing conservative. Embrace Christianity and you’ll be free from your hate!

Jan 18, 2011 6:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SteveMD2 wrote:
I’m not sure where DR JJJJ is coming from. IMHO most of the really nut cases are christian ultra conservatives who have a really bad problem when society changes.

Try ending slavery, eradicating the KKK, ending segretation, letting women vote, integrating our military, ending the abortrion called DADT, and of course ending all those laws that made inter-racial marriage illegal in almost 40 sttates (1967)

If christianity has any problems all you have to do is look at the people who made it so difficult to do the above. Its they who are driving the future generation away from out own talibal in waiting.

Go read Christian Fascists by Hedges. BTW – he isn’t some aethinst ultra liberal guy, he actually has a Dr. of Divinity degree from Harvard.
As for , our family, Jesus commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself is all that matters, the rest of religion is fluff at best

Jan 18, 2011 6:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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