June 26, 2011 Two small, makeshift explosive devices the FBI described as “partially functioned” were discovered on early Saturday at a Borders Bookstore in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver but no injuries were reported, authorities said. “The two small, crude devices partially functioned and caused no damage to the Colorado Mills Mall and minimal damage to a small area inside the Borders Bookstore,” ATF officials told local KUSA-TV news station in Denver. Local Police squad say they responded to a store alarm at the Borders Bookstore in the Colorado Mills shopping mall early Saturday morning and discovered evidence of a unlawful entry and spotted the two devices. The officers then immediately called out the Jefferson County Bomb Squad.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly told members of the media, “I think it’s pretty clear [the devices] were intentionally set,” declined to discuss any details on the devices.
FBI Agent Joly was part of the April 20, 2011 investigation into a similar bombing attempt at another Colorado mall, the Southwest Plaza Mall near Columbine High School and the subsequent manhunt after video technology provided many clues in the case. Earl Albert Moore, 65, was arrested on suspicion of planting a pipe bomb at a Littleton mall on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School attack. The Southwest Plaza Mall bomb suspect pleads not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.
A Lakewood Police spokesman said the Borders book store remained closed, but sustained minimal damage, and there was no damage to the mall, which reopened shortly after the explosion. Borders released a statement that read; “We take the safety of our employees and customers very seriously. To that end, we are cooperating with authorities to the fullest extent as they investigate this incident,” “Colorado Mills is committed to ensure the safety of its shoppers, retailers and employees. Once the property was deemed safe by a joint investigation of the Lakewood Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Joint Terrorism Task Force, Colorado Mills was able to open for business with the exception of Border’s. Colorado Mills remains open and will continue to fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation.”
This is the third attempted bombing of popular shopping malls in the Denver area in two months.
On June 5, a suspicious package was discovered in the Fort Collins shopping mall in Northern Colorado. The Bomb Squad was able to destroy the suspicious package without injuries. Authorities have not released any information about a possible suspect or motive in Saturday’s incident.