Spokane bomb interrupts Martin Luther King Day parade
A Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash. was interrupted as authorities found a suspicious backpack that was found to contain a bomb. Before the parade began, city employees for Spokane discovered a backpack which had wiring, and the police were alerted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing the matter.
Spokane police defuse bomb before parade began
In Spokane, Wash., a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was very nearly turned into the scene of a terrible tragedy, as employees of the city of Spokane found a bomb, according to MSNBC. The Spokane bomb was found by city employees, looking over the parade route a half hour before it was set to begin. The city workers found an unattended backpack sitting on a metal bench. The backpack stuck out because it had suspicious looking wires coming out of it, which caused the city workers to call the Spokane Police. The bomb disposal unit rushed to the scene to safely contain and dispose of the device, and the parade was delayed and rerouted.
Device would have been lethal
The Federal Bureau of Investigation quickly took over the investigation, and the agent in charge said that the bomb was “viable” and would have been able to “inflict multiple casualties” had it gone off, according to the Spokesman Review. The bomb was intentionally positioned for the improvised explosive device to face the parade marchers, and would have sent shrapnel into the crowd. Two t-shirts were found in the backpack, one reading “Stevens County Relay for Life 2010” and one reading “Treasure Island Spring Break 2009.” The pipe bomb found in the backpack, according to ABC, was rigged to be detonated remotely by radio.
The motivation to bomb the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade is unknown. It is certainly clear that the person who planted it intended on injuring or killing a large number of people. The Spokane and Northern Idaho area have been known to be home to hate groups, notably the Aryan Nations white supremacist group which was sued into bankruptcy as an organization several years ago.