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Homemade bomb found at mall near Columbine high (Reuters)
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 05:35 Written by admin Thursday, 21 April 2011 05:35
DENVER (Reuters) – A occupied buying mall close to Columbine Large College was evacuated on Wednesday following authorities responding to a modest fire at the retail complex discovered two propane tanks and a pipe bomb, officials mentioned.
Twelve a long time to the day soon after two Columbine High College pupils shot dead a teacher, twelve students and by themselves on April twenty, 1999, the units were discovered at Southwest Plaza Mall, about a mile from Columbine.
Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace, stated the protection scare began when a small blaze broke out in the mall’s meals court about noon on Wednesday.
Firefighters arriving on the scene found out the propane tanks “at the origin of the fire,” and police ordered an believed 10,000 shoppers and mall workers out of the complicated, Kelley explained.
Bomb squads later uncovered the pipe bomb nearby as they combed by way of the sprawling plaza with explosives-detecting canines, she mentioned.
Amid the arsenal that Columbine assailants Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris brought to college during their assault in 1999 had been pipe bombs and propane tanks fashioned into bombs.
The similarity of units identified at the mall to the explosives in the school assault was not misplaced on investigators, Kelley mentioned.
“It is very disturbing that this transpired nowadays of all days,” Kelley said.
FBI agents named to the scene had been treating the bomb placements as “a circumstance of domestic terrorism,” Kelley stated.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly later told reporters that investigators think the pipe bomb was meant to set off a more substantial explosion of the propane tanks.
Kelley said the bomb fell apart whilst explosives technicians have been managing the gadget as they ready to detonate it, and it was “rendered secure.”
Investigators reviewed videotapes from surveillance cameras for clues, and later on introduced two nonetheless photos from the tapes displaying a gray-haired guy with a mustache and baseball cap they described as a “man or woman of interest.”
The FBI asked for the public’s help in finding the unidentified man, who was captured in a single photo close to a door by a stairwell, carrying a plastic grocery bag in one hand.
Columbine cancels classes every single year on the anniversary of the massacre there. But other universities in the region had been put on lock-down for the duration of Wednesday’s bomb scare at the mall as a precaution till the all-obvious was given, Kelley mentioned.
The mall will continue to be closed until the investigation is complete.
Discovery of the pipe bomb came a day following police in Colorado Springs, about 50 miles to the southeast, confronted a teenage boy who admitted posting “Columbine-type threats” versus his large school on his Facebook account.
A police spokesman mentioned the Palmer Substantial College ninth grader informed officers who visited his residence Tuesday that the threats ended up meant as a joke, and he apologized, along with his loved ones.
The university student, whose name was not released, also agreed to remain house from college on Wednesday. Police patrols and protection at the school ended up stepped up for the day, police said.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman and Steve Gorman Editing by Dan Whitcomb, Greg McCune)
Northern California mall ablaze after standoff – USA Today
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:07 Written by admin Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:07
Police said the man holed up in a video game store at the Roseville Galleria and started a small fire, which erupted into a larger blaze that damaged an entire arm of the mall.
The 1.3 million-square-foot Galleria was evacuated by the time the fire erupted and spread to the roof, and no injuries were reported.
City officials said part of the roof on the mall’s south end collapsed. After the clouds of smoke had cleared, overhead television images showed the charred remains of retail stores, many of which were gutted.
Roseville Fire Department spokesman Dennis Mathisen said the fire burned a wing of the mall that appeared to extend several hundreds yards between two anchor tenants, Macy’s and J.C. Penney. He said water and smoke damage was extensive beyond that wing.
The Galleria, which is about 17 miles east of the state capital, generates about $ 3.2 million for the city in annual sales tax revenue and could be closed or limited in operations for months.
“This is a real blow. This is sad,” Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino told reporters.
She said city officials would do whatever they could to get the mall rebuilt “as soon as humanly possible.”
The entire mall will be closed until authorities determine whether any parts of it can be reopened.
Police descended on the mall shortly after 10:30 a.m. when a man claiming to have a gun entered a GameStop store and told employees to get out.
“He was saying stuff about his family. The staff from GameStop was saying he was more or less incoherent,” Roseville Police Lt. Mike Doane said.
The employees said the man then barricaded himself in a back room and started a fire. He was hiding outside the store when a SWAT team entered the mall, and he was arrested without further incident.
Authorities had thought the mall’s sprinkler system doused the blaze. But police later said the fire began spreading as members of the bomb squad were checking the man’s backpack to see if it contained explosives, forcing them to flee the building.
Roseville police later identified the man as 23-year-old Alexander Corney Pigee, but also said his last name could be spelled Piggee. The man did not have a weapon when arrested, Doane said.
A Facebook page by someone of the same name — and spelled “Piggee” — says he lives in Sacramento and lists his hometown as Stockton.
KCRA-3 in Sacramento interviewed the man’s mother, who said she told him to move out of the family house several months ago because he was old enough to live on his own. Since then, he had been rotating among family members, said the woman, Mary Carter.
“He wasn’t a bad kid. I don’t know what happened,” she told KCRA.
She went on to say that her son had developed mental health problems in the past couple of years and that he recently was fired from a fast-food burger chain.
The man was taken from the police department to a local hospital later in the day.
Mathisen said fire sprinklers seemed to be controlling the flames Thursday evening, but firefighters had not been allowed in.
“The fire was able to get beyond the capability of the sprinkler system,” he said.
Firefighting units were called in from surrounding communities to help douse the blaze, which could be seen for miles around the capital region and will have a long-lasting effect on the area’s economy.
“We were all talking about how this was going to affect the holidays — it couldn’t be worse,” said Michele Witte of neighboring Rocklin, who frequently came to the Galleria at 5 a.m. for “Black Friday” sales after Thanksgiving.
“Especially when they added some of the high-end stores, people would travel here just to shop,” she said. “They came here instead of San Francisco.”
The 240-store mall, operated by Westfield Corp., was built in 2000 and includes a Nordstrom. It underwent a $ 270 million expansion that was completed in 2008, adding Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Burberry and other high-end stores.
Westfield Group spokeswoman Katy Dickey said there are no estimates yet on the cost of the damage.
Fire flares at Calif. mall after standoff – msnbc.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:07 Written by admin Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:07
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — A blaze flared out of control at Westfield Galleria in Roseville, Calif., Thursday afternoon after police arrested a man in connection with a fiery standoff earlier in the day, NBC affiliate KCRA reported.
Officials were checking a backpack the man left behind but had to leave when the afternoon fire erupted.
Roseville authorities identified the suspect as Alexander Pigee, a 23-year-old transient, KCRA said. He has been booked into the Placer County Jail.
The incident began around 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) after a man entered the GameStop store on the popular regional mall’s second floor, spoke incoherently about his sister being held captive and ordered store clerks out.
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Fire flares at Calif. mall after standoff
Police and firefighters responded, and the mall, about 17 miles east of Sacramento, was evacuated by 11:15 a.m.
The man apparently started a small fire but authorities had thought the mall’s sprinkler system had doused the blaze, officials said.
There were no reports of hostages or injuries, said Megan MacPherson, spokeswoman for the city of Roseville.
The man taken into custody was brought outside of the mall by police, and he was questioned as he sat on a bench. At about 1 p.m., he was loaded into a police car and taken to the Roseville jail.
The man is also suspected of playing a role in a fire at a Wal-Mart in Sacramento County earlier in the day, Capt. Christian Pebbles of Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, told KCRA.
TV pictures around 2 p.m. showed a large plume of thick, black smoke billowing from the roof near a Macy’s store. KCRA reported a partial roof collapse on the south side of the mall around 3 p.m.
Firefighters were unable to advance on the fire as quickly as they wanted to because of concerns that explosives were inside the abandoned backpack, officials said.
“It has affected our ability to get inside as quickly as we wanted to,” said Roseville fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen.
Authorities said the person involved in the standoff claimed to have a firearm at one point before he barricaded himself in the GameStop’s back room.
Investigators said the motive behind the standoff was not clear.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Northern California Mall Ablaze After Standoff – NPR
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 04:05 Written by admin Thursday, 21 October 2010 04:05
A regional mall just outside Sacramento, Calif., was ablaze Thursday after police arrested a man who had barricaded himself inside.
Local television images showed large clouds of thick black smoke billowing from the roof near a Macy’s store. The mall — one of the most popular in the region — had been evacuated earlier in the day after a man barricaded himself inside a shop and started what appeared at first to be a small fire.
Authorities had thought the mall’s sprinkler system had doused the blaze.
“We’ve got smoke coming from the building and we’re positioned to get in there right now,” city spokeswoman Vonette McCauley said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Before the blaze erupted, police had detained a suspect and were checking a backpack they had found to see if it contained explosives.
“We weren’t able to get in there because there was a potential bomb there,” Sacramento Metro spokesman Christian Pebbles said.
Roseville Fire Department spokesman Dennis Mathisen earlier said fire sprinklers seemed to be controlling the flames.
Police descended on the mall, 17 miles east of Sacramento, after a man claiming to have a gun entered the Electronics Boutique inside the Roseville Galleria Mall shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
He started a fire, then barricaded himself in a back room, but there were no reports of hostages or injuries, said Megan MacPherson, spokeswoman for the city of Roseville. The mall was evacuated.
She said the man is believed to have acted alone. Police did not know a motive, she said. They were not immediately releasing the suspect’s name before he was taken to the Roseville city jail.
The fire was reported flaring 50 feet or more through the roof, far from where the flames originally started in an Electronics Boutique.
“I have no idea how this fire erupted again,” Roseville Police Lt. Mike Doane said. “It is very much an active fire at this point.”
Firefighting units were being called in from surrounding communities.
Police and sheriff’s deputies, including a county SWAT team, detained the man inside the mall. They were unable to immediately say if the man had a gun.