UPDATE: Sketch released of bombing 'person of interest'

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At a press conference Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials released a sketch of the "person of interest" in Tuesday's bombing:

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The man apparently was witnessed exiting a pickup truck with something in his hands, going behind the NAACP's building at 603 S. El Paso Blvd., and then returning to his truck empty-handed. As mentioned below, anyone with information regarding this person, or Tuesday's incident, should call the FBI's tip line at 303/435-7787.

————— POST FROM LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON —————

Here is the latest from the FBI:
On 01/06/2015 at approximately 10:45am MT, an improvised explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of a building located at 603 South El Paso Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The building is occupied by Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios and the NAACP. A gasoline can had been placed adjacent to the device, however, the contents of the can did not ignite upon explosion. There were no deaths or injuries resulting from the explosion, and only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building. FBI Denver, in conjunction with Colorado Springs Police Department, is on scene.

A potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. 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.

If anyone has information regarding the above incident or individual, please call the FBI Denver tip line at (303) 435-7787. 
——-ORIGINAL POST, TUESDAY, 1:39 P.M.——-

Henry Allen - FILE
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion at the local offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, located at 603 S. El Paso St.

Local police have directed all questions to the FBI, who could not immediately be reached. But Henry Allen, the president of the Colorado Springs branch, says he got a call from his staff around 11:15 a.m. saying there had been an explosion.

“It knocked a few things off the wall, but no one was injured thank God,” he says.

Allen explains that three staff members were in the building at the time. It was their first day back from a holiday break that begin Dec. 23. Allen says he's not sure if there had been any threats, since staff hadn't even listened to all the voicemail yet. But he's pretty sure that the attack was aimed at the NAACP because the only other business in the building is a barber shop run by an older man.

“What I’m getting right now from law enforcement is that some unknown person placed a pipe bomb at the rear of the building,” Allen says. 

Allen says members of the FBI, the Colorado Springs Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on the scene investigating. He says he's eagerly awaiting more information, but he won't let the scare get in the way of the NAACP's mission. 

“We live in dangerous times,” he says.  “... Whatever comes, comes. I’m not afraid.” 

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