Bixby Air Force Recruiting Center Explosion: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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An explosion has been reported at an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby, Oklahoma, near Tulsa.

An explosion has caused damage to an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby, Oklahoma, near Tulsa, KJRH-TV reports.

The blast caused severe damage to the office, but no injuries have been reported, according to the news station. Photos from the scene show that the doors of the recruiting center were blown off by the blast.

The explosion was reported about 10:30 p.m. at the recruiting center near East 103rd Street and South Memorial, according to emergency dispatchers.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. A Witness Says a Person on a Motorcycle Threw a Backpack With a Pipe Bomb at the Office Window

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Debris after an explosion at a recruiting center in Bixby, Oklahoma.

A witness told KJRH-TV that a person on a red motorcycle, described as a “crotch rocket” threw a backpack at the Air Force recruiting center and then drove off. The backpack then blew up. The witness said it appeared there was a “pipe bomb” inside the backpack.

No one is believed to have been injured.

Police have not confirmed those details.

2. The Tulsa Police Bomb Squad Was Called to the Scene

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The damage caused by the explosion at an Air Force office in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa Police Department’s bomb squad was sent to the scene, KOKI-TV reports.

The Bixby Police Department and firefighters were also at the scene.

Police and other authorities have not issued statements about the incident.

3. The Recruiting Center Is Located in a Shopping Mall, but It & Stores Around the Center Appeared to Be Closed at the Time of the Blast

The Air Force recruiting center is located in a shopping center alongside several other businesses, but photos from the scene show that the buildings appeared to be closed an unoccupied when the blast occurred.

It appears that the explosion caused damage to at least one neighboring business, but the Air Force office was the most heavily damaged by the blast.

4. The FBI & ATF Were Also at the Scene

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene, the Tulsa World’s Samantha Vincent reports.

According to Mike Collier, of KJRH-TV, the FBI is also at the scene.

Neither agency has commented about the explosion and investigation.

5. No Suspect Have Been Identified & a Motive for the Possible Bombing Is Not Known

While witnesses say that the blast was caused by a bomb thrown through the windows of the Air Force recruiting center, police have not confirmed the cause. They have also not released any information about a potential cause of the blast.

Authorities have not identified any suspects and it is not clear if police are searching for anyone or if the public is at risk.

No motive for the blast has been released and it is not clear if any evidence was found at the scene that would provide information about why the possible bombing occurred.