A pipe bomb exploded at a mosque in north Florida May 10 and is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The FBI says they have few leads, and have joined the mosque and a nearby church in offering a $20,000 reward for information.
The bomb went off during evening prayers, when about 60 people were at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida in Jacksonville. No one was injured.
The FBI, however, says it could have caused serious injuries and deaths had the bomb been placed inside the mosque instead of outside. The explosion blasted shrapnel 100 feet away.
“It was a dangerous device,” said James Casey, the special agent in charge of the Jacksonville field office. “Had anybody been around it they could have been seriously injured or killed. We want to emphasize the seriousness of the thing and not let people believe that this was just a match and a little bit of gasoline that was spread around.”