SPOKANE, Wash.— A backpack discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr.
march in Spokane contained a bomb "capable of inflicting multiple casualties," the FBI said
The FBI said a suspicious backpack was found about 9:25 a.m. PST on Monday on a bench at
the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.
A bomb disposal unit was called in and neutralized the device. The FBI said in a
statement on Tuesday that "the backpack contained a potentially deadly destructive
device, likely capable of inflicting multiple casualties."
The FBI has refused to discuss how the bomb was constructed.
"Suffice it to say it was of grave concern," Frank Harrill, special agent in the charge of the
Spokane FBI office, told NBC News.
"You could describe it as an improvised destructive device ... or improvised explosive
device," Harrill said.
Area workers initially reported the suspicious package to Spokane police. The march was
slightly re-routed and delayed because of the bomb scare.
"The three contract workers in the area who were there are unsung heroes," the FBI
The FBI has not established an official motive, but Harrill told NBC News "the timing and p
lacement of the backpack (along the march route) is inescapable."
"At that point, it falls directly in the realm and sphere of domestic terrorism," Harrill told the
Associated Press. "Clearly, there was some political or social agenda here."
No threats or warnings were issued before the march.
Investigators were hoping two T-shirts found inside the Swiss Army-brand backpack will
offer clues to suspects in the case.
The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of people responsible for placing the device found Monday.
The FBI said it was seeking photographs or video taken in the area from approximately 8
a.m. to 11 a.m. People with information were asked to contact the FBI: 206-622-0460 or
Bolding in red is mine. How long until someone on the right says: "Well, it was obviously a Democrat/Obama supporter/leftie who did this?