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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bomb Found Along Spokane MLK Parade Route

Posted by on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

The Seattle office of the FBI says that a "deadly destructive device, likely capable of inflicting multiple casualties" was found yesterday inside a backpack left near the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade.

The FBI released the following picture of the backpack and some of its contents:

  • Seattle FBI Office

As a part of this ongoing investigation, the FBI is seeking any information regarding the identity of the person or persons that may have been seen with this backpack from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. on Monday, 1/17/2011. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are requested to immediately contact the FBI. In addition, if anyone took photographs or video in the area of N. Washington Street and W. Main Avenue from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., they are also requested to contact the FBI as soon as possible.


CONTACT THE FBI AT: Telephone (206)622-0460; Email; Fax (206)262-2587

More from MSNBC:

The FBI has refused to discuss how the bomb was constructed. "Suffice it to say it was of grave concern," Frank Harrell of the FBI's Spokane office told NBC News.

"You could describe it as an improvised destructive device ... or improvised explosive device," Harrell 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 spokesman said.

The FBI has not established an official motive, but told NBC News "the timing and placement of the backpack (along the march route) is inescapable." No threats or warnings were issued before the march.


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samktg 1
Holy fucking shit. Violence sure is trendy right now.
Posted by samktg on January 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM · Report this
But it'll just be another loner, no political motivation whatsoever, nothing to see here, move along.

Tucson was just the beginning.
Posted by Chicago Fan on January 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM · Report this
svensken 3
Well I'm sure he was defending himself from the tyranny around us.
Posted by svensken on January 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM · Report this
venomlash 4
Would not be surprised if it's one of those white supremacists.
Posted by venomlash on January 18, 2011 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Fracking America-hating Tea Bagger Racists!

Probably came in from Idaho.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM · Report this
samktg 6
Tucson wasn't the start- in 2008 there was a bombing here in Oregon by some Right Wingnuts that left two police officers dead, and of course there was that fellow who flew the plane into an IRS building in Texas last year, killing himself and a federal employee.

People are just starting to pay attention because a little kid was killed and someone with a higher profile ended up in the ICU.
Posted by samktg on January 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Those look like the kind of t-shirts someone would by at Value Village.
Posted by CommonKnowledge on January 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM · Report this
samktg 8
Oh, and how could I forget the Rand Paul rally curbstomping.
Posted by samktg on January 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM · Report this
pissy mcslogbot 9
@6: goes back to the assassinations of Dr. Slepian an Dr. Tiller as well..
Posted by pissy mcslogbot on January 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Hernandez 10
"Certainly just another product of our deficient mental health system, nothing more. If everyone in that parade had a gun they would've had nothing to worry about."

Was that OK? Did I make the talking points correctly?
Posted by Hernandez on January 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM · Report this
Kinison 11
Didnt a Right Wing Christian group bomb a planned parenthood in Spokane back in 1996?
Posted by Kinison on January 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM · Report this
Vince 12
The human race has a lot of crazy, sick mutherfukkers!
Posted by Vince on January 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM · Report this
If theres no political/ideological motive, and it ends up being (another) crazy, thats a pretty big coincidence - I'm willing to bet it was some white supremecist(s?) - for one thing, it was an MLK day parade, for another....aren't there a lot of white supremecists in that area?
course, it could be a totally nut job, a loner, not the slightest bit politically motivate - but I doubt that.
Posted by KatTheCanuckistan on January 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Simone 14
Holly scheisse!!!
Posted by Simone on January 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM · Report this
There are a series of unsolved/unexplained pipe bomb and fake bomb incidents in Moses Lake. Not Spokane, but Spokane is probably where you'd go from Moses lake to find a good-sized MLK parade.

On the other hand - literally - there's Idaho.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on January 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM · Report this
This is nothing new around here. If you're walking down the street and you're NOT scanning the area around you for bombs you are a fool indeed. Just google Spokane Bomb. It's frightening how many stories you will find.
Posted by spokevin on January 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM · Report this
dirac 17
Wow, good job FBI. You're investigating a bomb plot you didn't create. Thanks.
Posted by dirac on January 18, 2011 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Near Nazis, near perfect!
Posted by planned barrenhood on January 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Spokane is quite close to Hayden Lake, ID, former white supremacist home base.
I once worked for an airline that flew out of Spokane, and all of our bomb threats and psychotic passengers seemed to originate there.
Posted by StuckInUtah on January 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM · Report this
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Washington has 15 hate groups, Idaho has 9. Idaho also has a stereotype that Seattleites can't seem so see past...…
Posted by miles27 on January 18, 2011 at 9:23 PM · Report this
TVDinner 21
@10: Not quite. This is Spokane, so everyone in the parade DID have a gun.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on January 18, 2011 at 9:40 PM · Report this
sloegin 22
@ 20, if you look a bit more closely at the SPLC listing, 6 of the 9 Idaho groups are in Northern Idaho, 2 of the 15 Washington groups are in Eastern Wa.

One of the Eastern Wa groups Is an splinter of an earlier Northern Idaho group (or vise-versa).

Not to excuse Washington loons and goons, especially Western Washington ones, but that Idaho stereotype has been goin on at least since the 70s when I was growing up in that neck of the woods.
Posted by sloegin on January 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Greg 23
THIS IS TERRORISM. I hope the FBI finds the person or people responsible and puts them away for a long time.
Posted by Greg on January 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM · Report this

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