Bomb Found On MLK Parade Route
Spokane bomb was capable of causing multiple casualties
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2011 10:55 PM CST
The backpack contained two T-shirts, one reading 'Stevens County Relay For Life June 25th-26th 2010” and another shirt reading 'Treasure Island Spring 2009.'   (FBI Seattle)

(Newser) – A backpack bomb capable of causing multiple casualties was found along the route of Monday's Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, the FBI says. City workers discovered the bomb before the parade and it was neutralized by the city's explosives disposal unit. Authorities say the bomb was placed on a bench in front of a brick wall, a position apparently intended to direct the blast towards marchers on the street.

"It definitely was, by all early analysis, a viable device that was very lethal and had the potential to inflict multiple casualties,” an FBI spokesman tells the Spokesman-Review. “Clearly, the timing and placement of a device—secreted in a backpack—with the Martin Luther King parade is not coincidental. We are doing everything humanly possible to identify the individuals or individual who constructed and placed this device.” The bomb, he added, "falls directly in the realm and sphere of domestic terrorism."