FBI: Explosive device set off at Oklahoma recruiting center

Glass and a door lie on the ground at the scene of an explosion at an Air Force recruiting office in Bixby, Okla., Tuesday, July 11, 2017, after an explosion Monday night outside an Air Force recruitment office. The center was closed at the time and no one was injured. The explosion is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a horrible prank, a federal agent said Tuesday. (Mike Simons//Tulsa World via AP)

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) – The Latest on a device that exploded outside an Air Force recruiting center in suburban Tulsa (all times local):

12 p.m.

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.

Dale Barnett, the co-owner of Barnett Music Exchange, just four doors from the office in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby, says he just opened the musical instrument store on Monday. The explosion happened Monday night. Barnett says he suspects “some disgruntled guy” is responsible.

Federal authorities said Tuesday that agents are treating the explosion as a possible act of domestic terrorism out of “an abundance of caution,” but that it could have been an accident or prank.

Workers with a glass company arrived late Tuesday morning and began to replace broken windows and a blown-out front door at the recruiting office.

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8:20 a.m.

Federal authorities are searching for surveillance video of a commercial area that houses an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center where an explosive device was set off.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokeswoman Meredith Davis says agents believe there must be video cameras at the suburban Tulsa site, which is also home to a multiplex theater and other businesses.

She says agents are treating the explosion late Monday as a possible act of domestic terrorism out of “an abundance of caution,” because of its proximity to the recruiting office.

Police say the blast was reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday in Bixby, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Tulsa.

The recruiting office was closed at the time and no one was injured. The extent of the damage is not yet known.

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1:30 a.m.

Federal authorities have confirmed an explosive device was set off outside an Air Force recruiting center near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bixby police say the blast was reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Bixby is about 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) south of Tulsa.

FBI Agent Jessi Rice says the recruiting office was closed at the time of the explosion and no one was injured. The extent of the damage is not yet known.

Investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at the scene. Rice says the Tulsa police bomb squad was the first to respond.

No arrests have been made. ATF Special Agent Meredith Davis says the blast is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism.

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