On Tuesday, a makeshift bomb detonated beside a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.
There were no reported injuries in the broad daylight explosion, but apparently not for lack of trying. According to reports, the improvised explosive device had been rigged with a gasoline can that failed to ignite. Instead, a few items toppled off of shelves in the building and people in the vicinity were rattled by the loud noise accompanying the explosion.
While the FBI has yet to declare that the NAACP was the target, the building's other tenant is a hair salon. “Who would want to bomb a beauty salon?" one NAACP member asked. The FBI's Denver office described a "person of interest" in the case, "a balding man, about 40 years old, who was seen leaving the scene in a white pickup truck with a missing or covered license plate."
Henry Allen, Jr., president of the organization's local chapter, has told reporters that the organization was targeted. "Apparently, we’re doing something correct," he said in an interview on Tuesday. "Apparently, we have gotten someone’s attention that we are working toward civil rights for all. That is making some people uncomfortable."