Feds investigate explosion at USAF recruiting office

The U.S. Air Force recruiting office in Bixby before it was damaged in an apparent explosion

News On 6 has learned more about a 28-year-old Tulsa man arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with a pipe bomb explosion outside the Air Force recruiting center in Bixby late Monday.

Bomb squads were dispatched to the Tulsa suburb of Bixby around 10:30 p.m. local time on Monday night. The office's front doors were damaged by the explosion, but it wasn't clear how much damage occurred inside the office, the World said.

As he was taken in to custody, workers replaced the shattered door at the recruitment office. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessi Rice on Tuesday said there had been "no conclusion" yet on the intent and weren't calling it an act of domestic terrorism. The center was closed and no one was hurt, federal authorities said.

Oklahoma police sergeant Tim Scrivner told the media no one was inside the Air Force recruiting center when it was bombed.

Witnesses say a person on a red motorcycle threw a backpack at the building, and believe a pipe bomb could have been inside. The bomb also pierced the canopy over the office.

The FBI and ATF are on scene and investigating the cause of the explosion, according to ATF public information officer, Meredith Davis.


Bixby is about 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) south of Tulsa.

Investigators have reportedly indicated such a designation can not occur until a suspect or a motive becomes known.

"It's a little bit comforting that they didn't want to kill anybody".

Rice said they probably did it at night to hide, "didn't want to be out in public with this incident".

At this point, it is not clear what Benjamin Roden meant by the post.

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