FBI: Men who found backpack bomb are unsung heroes

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 18 at 6:09 PM

SPOKANE -- The community is reeling after learning a bomb was found in Downtown Spokane.

The FBI is searching for suspects.  A $20,000 reward is up for grabs for information leading to an arrest. 

Monday, several businesses along Washington and Main were told to close down while the FBI investigated a suspicious backpack found on a bench. Those who first saw it didn’t think much of it at first.

Police came into Auntie’s Book Store to warn employees and customers about the backpack across the street. Employee Lindsey Reiswig says she thought it was a cruel prank, but then as the day progressed it was clear to her something big was going on.

Reiswig says it was a little bit scary. She and other employees couldn’t take their eyes off the bomb squad as they tried to disarm the device. She says they were more intrigued than concerned for a while. That all changed when police came and told them to evacuate because it was a real bomb. Half of the employees went home and the first floor was emptied.

On Tuesday, the FBI revealed it was a highly destructive device that could have hurt or killed a number of people.

Without the three men who found the bomb, the FBI says this could have been catastrophic. Agents call the men the real unsung heroes.

Meanwhile, Reiswig is still in shock at the danger that was right across the street from her job. She’s disgusted at the possibility it was all aimed at the march in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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