NBC - Police are looking for a man who was seen running away from a Florida mall after two pipe bombs exploded there on Sunday.
The devices exploded sometime before 5:30 p.m. That's when firefighters responded to a smoke alarm call at Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales.
Police say the two devices were detonated in a service corridor near J.C. Penney. Investigators say each device appeared to be composed of some type of flare inside of a PVC pipe that was wrapped in electrical tape.
No one was hurt, but there was a damage to a ceiling and the mall was evacuated as a precaution.
"We're a family oriented community this is a family oriented mall. While this was going on my son was actually working up here at the mall when this started. He came home. We were celebrating his birthday tonight, well they did. You know, here at work it's very concerning when you think about it. It's people here shopping. Just enjoying a Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening with their family and literally, Boom. You know that somebody would do that," said Deputy Chief Troy Schulze with the City of Lake Wales Police.
Police are also inspecting another suspicious device that was left near the mall's movie theater. Witnesses told detectives they say a middle-aged white male with a heavy build running away from the scene.
He is now considered a "person of interest" in this case.