WASHINGTON, DC — Two pipe bombs that were found outside the headquarters of the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention earlier this month were planted the night before the Capitol insurrection, the FBI announced on Friday.
FBI officials are now offering a reward up to $100,000 for information leading to the location, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible, the bureau announced. The FBI said that it has developed new information that the two pipe bombs were planted outside of the two buildings between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, the night before protestors stormed the Capitol building while members of Congress were attempting to certify the Electoral College results.
The FBI reported Friday that it is seeking an individual who wore a facemask, a gray sweatshirt, and Nike Air Max Speed turf shoes that were grey, yellow and black. According to information posted by the bureau, the person also carried a backpack in their hand and may have been responsible for placing the pipe bombs outside of the two buildings. One of the pipe bombs were placed outside the Republican National Committee Headquarters at 310 First St. SE while another device was found at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at 430 Capitol St. SE.
The FBI and ATF had already increased the reward to $75,000 earlier this month. A new FBI wanted poster included photos of the devices, which CNN reported this week were eight inches long, rigged to egg timers and filled with an explosive powder.