NBC- Florida police were seeking a man who was seen running from a mall where two improvised explosive devices detonated Sunday, authorities said.

Lakes Wales Deputy Police Chief Troy Schulze told reporters that two pipe bombs appeared to have detonated in a service corridor near a JCPenney store at Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, about 30 miles east of Tampa, at about 5:30 p.m., a half-hour before the mall was scheduled to close.


A third suspicious item, a backpack, was discovered near a movie theater, he said, but the state fire marshal’s office determined that it was harmless, Schulze said.

No shoppers were near the scene, and there are no reports of injuries, police said, but there was damage to a drop ceiling. The mall was evacuated.

Police described the devices as flare-like objects in PVC pipe, wrapped in electrical tape. Had anyone been near when they went off, he or she would likely have been injured, Schulze said. read more