Bomb explodes at Polk Co. mall, no one injured

The Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales Fla. was evacuated Sunday evening

At around 5:20pm, Lake Wales firefighters began responding to reports of an explosion at the Eagle Ridge Mall next to a JC Penny retail store.

Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in Polk County.

There were no injuries, but there was damage to a ceiling and potentially to the corridor wall, police said.

Police are still searching for a person of interest who was seen running from the building.

A backpack also found at the scene was examined by bomb technicians who determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police say the two devices were detonated in a service corridor near J.C. Penney.

Authorities said it was too soon to call the incident terrorism, WTSP reported.

Schulze said investigators will be looking for surveillance video of the person of interest. "It's very concerning when we think about it, I mean, people here, shopping, just enjoying a Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening with their family".

"I'm grateful for Florida's first responders and law enforcement who are working to keep everyone safe in Lake Wales tonight", Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Twitter late Sunday night following the incident.

The mall is slated to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday.

At the time when the incident was occurred, there were 100 people estimated in the mall.

A bomb squad continued to sweep the mall and further investigations found the suspicious backpack to be a false alarm.

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