Authorities have released a still image showing the as yet unidentified person responsible for placing one pipe bomb in front of the Republican National Committee headquarters and another in front of the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill at 1:00 and 1:15 pm, respectively. Protesters became violent and breached the Capitol building around 2:00 pm.
The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s conviction.
#FBIWFO is offering a reward of up to $50K for info leading to the location, arrest & conviction of the person(s) responsible for the pipe bombs found in DC on Jan. 6. https://t.co/q9pdw6Rnoy pic.twitter.com/aQ7Vz4uydO
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) January 8, 2021
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Bomb Squad Unit disabled both bombs. Besides a brief description of their straightforward mechanics, information on the bombs’ destructive potential and when they were scheduled to detonate haven’t been disclosed.
The Independent reports:
A source from the federal law enforcement confirmed to ABC News on Thursday that the suspected pipe bombs were active and could have caused “great harm.”
As rioters laid siege to Capitol, causing lawmakers to barricade themselves into offices, bomb technicians used water cannons to break the explosives apart and disable their functionality.
In the aftermath of the riots, the authorities arrested close to 70 people and implemented a 6 pm curfew on Washington, DC from Wednesday until Thursday morning.
Dozens of people have already been charged for their part in the insurrection, and the FBI said it had already received more than 4,000 tips through its website.