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Explosive device detonated at United States air force facility in Oklahoma

Explosive device detonated at United States air force facility in Oklahoma

The explosive device, a pipe bomb, was detonated about 10:30 p.m. Monday at an Air Force recruiting center in Post Rock Plaza near 104th Street and Memorial Drive in Bixby.

A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had said the blast was being treated as a possible act of domestic terrorism out of "an abundance of caution", because of its proximity to the recruiting office.

The recruiting office was closed at the time and no one was injured. The FBI and ATF are now investigating the incident but they have not determined if this is an act of domestic terrorism.

Jennifer Proctor said Wednesday that Benjamin Don Roden enlisted for Air Force active duty in April 2012 and joined the state's air national guard in October 2014.

A witness told KJRH-TV that a person on a red motorcycle, described as a "crotch rocket" threw a backpack at the Air Force recruiting center and then drove off. The office is situated in a commercial area that also houses small businesses, restaurants and financial planning firms. The individual or individuals involved in the incident vandalized the building and slashed tires of vehicles at the center.

In the recruiting center for US explosion

"It's suspicious", Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessi Rice said. "We're just working it as a criminal investigation with an explosive".

We can confirm that we have taken into custody a person of interest in regard to the bombing at the USAF Recruiting Center last night.

No suspects have been identified and a motive is not yet known, they said.

Rice said they probably did it at night to hide, "didn't want to be out in public with this incident". She said investigators are using a two-pronged approach, sweeping both the crime scene and the surrounding area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI's Oklahoma City field office at 405-290-7770.

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