Person held after pipe bombing of Oklahoma Air Force recruitment center

Posted July 13, 2017

Federal authorities are investigating a possible act of domestic terrorism after an explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

An explosion causes damage to an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma.

While the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives first treated the explosion as a possible act of domestic terrorism, FBI agent Jessi Rice clarified Tuesday that line of inquiry had been dropped.

A United States Air Force recruiting office near Tulsa, Oklahoma was bombed on Monday evening. The FBI and ATF are now investigating the incident but they have not determined if this is an act of domestic terrorism.

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Witnesses told investigators that someone on a red motorcycle threw a backpack at the recruiting center, which then exploded, according to KJRH in Tulsa. They believe it may have been a pipe bomb. The bomb also pierced the canopy over the office.

The blast took place around 10.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT) in Bixby, which lies around 15 miles to the south of Tulsa. The individual or individuals involved in the incident vandalized the building and slashed tires of vehicles at the center.

Davis said law enforcement now does not know what caused the explosion and does not have any information on suspects.

Benjamin Rhoden has been identified only as a "person of interest" and it is not clear if charges will be filed Tuesday.