explosion at Colorado Springs NAACP

A pipe bomb exploded outside the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday, and the FBI is looking for a man in connection to it.

The President of the local NAACP, Henry Allen Jr. told the media he believes they were the target of the bomb, which was placed on the northeast corner of the building. (That corner does not share a wall with the NAACP office, but the hair salon which shared the building.) Allen also said the blast was strong enough to knock things off the shelves in the small building.

Federal investigators told a local news station that “the bomb was made for destruction.” It was reportedly made from a road flare that was placed inside a pipe — which was then placed inside a gas can.

The bomb-maker’s plot failed, however:  No one was hurt and there was minimal damage to the building.

The owner of a barber shop that shares the building with the NAACP says the bomb squad told him the pipe bomb failed. If it hadn’t the damage would have been much worse.

FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders said the agency sent members of its Joint Terrorism Task Force to help investigate.

Sanders said investigators were looking for a balding white man in his 40s who may be driving a dirty pickup truck. It could have an open tailgate or a missing or covered license plate.

Both the FBI and the NAACP declined to label the incident as a hate crime, citing the need for further investigation.

The NAACP has long been the target of hate groups and white supremacists. On Christmas Day,  1951, members of the KKK and law enforcement conspired to bomb prominent Brevard County NAACP leaders Harry T. and Harriette Moore’s home. Harry died immediately from the blast beneath the floor, and his wife succumbed to her injuries just days later. One of their daughters was injured by the bombing. Their second child arrived home shortly after the blast.

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