IED Explodes Causing Fire at FL Mall

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Fire crews were alerted when a shopper saw smoke coming from the entrance to a JC Penny store, CBS affiliate WTSP-TV, Tampa Bay-Sarasota reported.

Lake Wales police told reporters the devices were flares wrapped in electrical tape inside a plastic pipe, according to FOX 13. A drop ceiling was the only thing damaged, law enforcement said. Police are reportedly seeking "a stocky, middle-age white man wearing a gray shirt and a gray hat", who was seen fleeing the scene. No one was injured. They discovered an IED that ignited or detonated inside that service corridor as they went inside. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been notified but it was too early to consider whether the incident was terrorism.

A little more than a 100 people were at the mall when the devices detonated and they safely evacuated. Polk County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshall, and the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad are on the scene.

"It's very concerning to us", Lakes Wales Deputy Police Chief Troy Schulze said.

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Objects police mistook for IEDs were marine flares; investigators trying to determine motive in incident but don't suspect terrorism.

"We are going to work hard, hand in hand to develop a suspect, find the suspect and put the suspect where he needs to be, and that's in jail", Schulze said.

The mall is slated to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. The mall describes the explosives as two signal flares that triggered a fire alarm in an unoccupied area of the mall.

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