Explosion At NAACP Building In Colorado Was Deliberately Caused, Officials Say
On Tuesday, officials said an explosion outside of a NAACP building in Colorado was a deliberate detonation using an "improvised explosive device." The apparently homemade device was set against the exterior of the building near a gasoline can, which did not ignite. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the building suffered only minor damage.
The explosion is being investigated by the FBI in Denver; the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Colorado Springs Police Department. The FBI is seeking a person of interest, a balding white male in his 40s who might have been driving a pickup truck.
Henry Allen Jr., president of the Colorado Springs NAACP chapter, told The Colorado Springs Gazette that he won't call the explosion a hate crime without more information from law enforcement, but he won't allow it to affect the work the organization does.
The NAACP released a statement that read: