Pipe bomb explodes near Oklahoma Air Force recruitment center

Audrey Hill
July 13, 2017

The ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are among the officials investigating an explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting office.

The explosion happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday night in Bixby, Oklahoma. The front doors are visibly damaged and no injuries have been reported.

FBI agent Jessi Rice said federal authorities are no longer investigating the pipe bomb as an act of domestic terrorism, telling reporters that the blast could have been the work of a disgruntled employee or a prank.

As he was taken in to custody, workers replaced the shattered door at the recruitment office. ATF Special Agent Meredith Davis says the blast is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism.

Oklahoma police sergeant Tim Scrivner told the media no one was inside the Air Force recruiting center when it was bombed.

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Witnesses say someone on a red motorcycle threw a backpack at the recruiting center, which then blew up.

NewsOn6 reported the explosion came from a possible pipe bomb. The individual or individuals involved in the incident vandalized the building and slashed tires of vehicles at the center. "We're just working it as a criminal investigation with an explosive".

Investigators have reportedly indicated such a designation can not occur until a suspect or a motive becomes known. "Roden blamed the U.S. Air Force for preventing him from being accepted by the U.S. Marines".

Federal and local authorities took Roden into custody Tuesday afternoon initially as a person of interest at the Sand Dollar apartment complex near 61st Street and Riverside Drive in south Tulsa. Law enforcement agents are reportedly following up on the potential lead.

"That is a big deal to us", she said.

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