A central Florida mall was evacuated after an explosion led to police discovering make-shift explosive devices and a backpack near a store entrance, according to various news reports.
According to ABC 7, police and fire rescue were called after a fire was reported at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales.
When fire officials arrived at around 5:22 p.m., smoke was spotted near the entrance of JCPenney — an explosion had occurred, the station reported.
WFTV 9 reported there were no injuries but that the Lake Wales Police Department has launched a criminal investigation, alongside the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshall, and the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad.
Officials have released information on a person of interest: a heavy-set, middle-aged white male wearing a gray shirt and a gray hat, according to WESH 2.