LAKE WALES, Fla. - The Lake Wales Police Department is searching for two persons of interest after two marine flares were ignited Sunday evening near the entrance of the JCPenney store at the Eagle Ridge Mall.
Firefighters initially said that an improvised explosive device had been detonated in a corridor next to the JCPenney entrance.
The FBI later determined that there was no explosion and no pipe bombs were discovered. It also said that the incident doesn't appear to be terrorism related.
Police released surveillance video of a man walking through JCPenney and an image of another man.
“Both of them, now, we’re calling a person of interest,” said Lake Wales Deputy Chief Troy Schulze. “We don’t have any witnesses that have said they’ve seen either of these two people do this. But they were both seen right in that area, leaving in a hurry.”
A witness who called 911 told Channel 9 that she heard a fire alarm sound and saw orange smoke billowing from an object.
Detectives said they will review surveillance footage recorded at a jewelry store in the mall.
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