An explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a disgusting prank, a federal agent said Tuesday.
A United States Air Force recruiting office near Tulsa, Oklahoma was bombed on Monday evening.
Bomb squads responded to the explosion in Bixby, a suburb of Tulsa, at about 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, Bixby police Sgt. Tim Scrivner told CNN. "Obviously, they would have done it in broad daylight if that were the case, so, from that standpoint, it's a positive", Rice said. Law enforcement agents are reportedly following up on the potential lead.
The door of the center was blown off in the blast and landed in a parking space in front of the storefront and soot-covered windows.
"At this point we don't know if it was a disgruntled employee, an act of domestic terrorism, just someone playing games", Rice said.
Investigators have reportedly indicated such a designation can not occur until a suspect or a motive becomes known. But terrorism has not been ruled out as a possible motive.
A business owner whose store is close to an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting station that was damaged in a late-night explosion says he suspects it was an attack fueled by anger. The individual or individuals involved in the incident vandalized the building and slashed tires of vehicles at the center.
The incident occurred at the recruitment center near Bixby's 104th Street and Memorial Drive.