Most Active Stories
- Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot
- ‘Can We Buy a Little Less and Share a Little More?’
- Mass: Bundle Up! Worst of the Cold Snap to Arrive this Weekend
- St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X in Washington
- Join Us for the 17th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam Holiday Concert and Live Broadcast
News & Music Contributors
Law & Justice
FBI document reveals Spokane backpack bomb was radio-controlled
The backpack bomb found along the route of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day Parade was supposed to be triggered remotely using a car alarm receiver. That’s according to a newly uncovered FBI document.
It’s labeled a “joint intelligence bulletin” and its audience was counter-terrorism investigators. The document describes the contents of the Swiss Army brand backpack discovered Jan. 17 in downtown Spokane.
According to a forensic examination, the pipe bomb used lead fishing weights as makeshift shrapnel, which were then coated in green rat poison. The bomb was rigged with a car alarm receiver to set it off when someone activated the corresponding transmitter. And the bomb was viable, according to the report, though it’s not clear whether anyone attempted to set it off.
The report’s authors say the use of a radio-controlled trigger suggests the bomb maker was more skilled than the “typical” pipe bomb builder. But they say the device could have been made using instructions that are easily accessible.
Spokane Backpack Bomb
Law & Justice
MLK Parade Scare