FBI Looks for Motive in Explosion Near NAACP Office


The FBI is investigating the possibility that a homemade explosive set off near a Colorado NAACP office was a case of domestic terrorism.

Investigators also are considering many other possible motives and have not determined whether the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was targeted, Denver FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders said Wednesday.

The blast happened at about 11 a.m. Tuesday outside a barbershop that shares a building with the NAACP’s Colorado Springs chapter, about an hour south of Denver. There were no injuries and only minor damage.

An improvised explosive device was detonated against the low-slung building, which sits in a mostly residential neighborhood, but a gasoline canister placed next to the device failed to ignite. Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating because of the explosion’s proximity to the NAACP office, Sanders said.

Investigators were still looking for a balding white man in his 40s who might be driving a dirty pickup truck. His identity was still under investigation.