COLORADO SPRINGS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The FBI is looking for a possible suspect in a bombing outside the NAACP office in Colorado Springs.
The homemade bomb, which exploded Tuesday morning next to an external wall of an office building housing several businesses and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was strong enough to knock items off shelves. But no injuries were reported.
A can of gasoline next to the device failed to ignite, investigators said.
The man, described as white, about 40 years old, is a "potential person of interest."
"He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate," an FBI statement said.
Henry Allen Jr., president of the NAACP chapter, suggested the bombing shows his group is doing its job.
"We don't give up the struggle, apparently we are doing something correct. Apparently we have the attention of someone that knows we are working for civil rights for all. That is making some people uncomfortable, so therefore they feel the need to target," he told KOAA-TV.
Gene Southerland, owner of Mr. G's Hair Design Studios, said a client, a corrections officer, described the noise of the explosion as resembling a "shotgun blast."
"It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It's frightening," Southerland told the Colorado Springs Gazette.