Feds investigate explosion at USAF recruiting office

The U.S. Air Force recruiting office in Bixby before it was damaged in an apparent explosion

"Roden wanted to quit the Air Force and join the U.S. Marines, however, the U.S. Marines would not accept Roden", the arrest affidavit states. The center was closed and no one was hurt, federal authorities said.

"Officials said that the explosion occurred near the office at 10:30".

Roden is suspected in connection with an explosion at an Air Force recruitment office in a strip mall in Bixby on Monday night.

That's despite an earlier statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that it was being treated as an act of domestic terror "out of an abundance of caution" because it happened at a military facility. The FBI has not yet determined if the two criminal incidents at the respective recruiting centers are linked. The backpack then blew up.

Investigators recovered evidence, including a pipe, from the scene. The office is situated in a commercial area that also houses small businesses, restaurants and financial planning firms.

"That government vehicle looks handsome setting outside that office in tulsa".

"It's suspicious", Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessie Rice said, according to the World.

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Rice defined domestic terrorism as "any act of extremism that supports a religious belief, a political belief, a radical belief, ... something that instills fear in the American citizens and the government".

The FBI and the Tulsa Police Department bomb squad were at the Sand Dollar apartment complex.

"It's a little bit comforting that they didn't want to kill anybody", FBI Special Agent Jessi Rice said at a press conference. "So, from that standpoint, it's a positive". "The reason they did it at night probably shows that they wanted to hide".

Nearby stores were open as usual on Tuesday. "Roden blamed the U.S. Air Force for preventing him from being accepted by the U.S. Marines".

At this point, it is not clear what Benjamin Roden meant by the post. "This is something we do not take lightly by any means".

The FBI did not respond to a request for information.

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