Two improvised explosive devices go off at Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales

    Updated: January 26, 2018 at 9:31 am EST  See Comments

    LAKE WALES, Fla. — Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off at Eagle Ridge Mall on Sunday night.

    Lake Wales fire crews responded to an alarm call at 451 Eagle Ridge Drive around 5:30 p.m. While en route, the call was changed to a structure fire.

    When fire crews arrived at the location, they saw smoke coming from a corridor located next to the mall entrance of JC Penney.

    The fire department located two pipe bomb type devices that ignited in the corridor of the building. They also located a backpack in the same corridor with other possible improvised explosive devices in it.

    No one was injured as a result of the explosion, but the ceiling and corridor wall did sustain damage.

    At 5:30 p.m. the Lake Wales Police Department responded to begin a criminal investigation.

    The mall was evacuated. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshall, and the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad all responded to assist in the investigation.

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