FBI Video Shows Powerful Explosion At San Diego Courthouse

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The FBI on Friday released surveillance video of a powerful pipe bomb explosion that shattered big windows at a federal courthouse and filled the lobby with smoke.

The FBI hopes anyone with information about the explosion early Sunday feels compelled to contact investigators after seeing the
video, said spokesman Darrell Foxworth.

"We want people to see the potential harm this could have caused to anyone in or around the building," Foxworth said. "If anyone was under the impression that this was done simply to cause property damage, this shows that was not the case."

The bomb caused significant damage to the lobby but no injuries, and forced the courthouse to close for one day.

The FBI recovered more than 100 nails and shrapnel up to two blocks from the courthouse, Foxworth said. Investigators believe the bomb may be linked to a blast April 25 that shattered the glass door of a FedEx building in San Diego

Dogs trained to identify scents have traced the footsteps of the
attackers to a waterfront mall about six blocks southwest from the
courthouse, Foxworth said.

The FBI has said surveillance video shows "some individuals" in the area shortly before the explosion, but have declined to release that video.

The FBI has no suspects, Foxworth said.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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