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@ This Hour: Agents Canvass Northwest In Search of Bomb Making Parts

SPOKANE, Wash. – As federal agents spread across the Inland Northwest searching for bomb parts, authorities are asking local companies about PVC material including caps for pipes.

 Agents have described a unique size of pipe or cap to several companies and asked whether they had sold the material to anyone. 

A dark backpack with an explosive device was found in downtown Spokane as several thousand people prepared to march of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday.

Authorities confiscated the Swiss-Army brand backpack and the device inside was sent to FBI facilities in Virginia for testing.

A news release from the FBI described the backpack as a, "potentially deadly destructive device, likely capable of inflicting multiple casualties."

The FBI has offered a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Federal authorities released pictures of two t-shirts also found in the backpack.  One shirt is from a "Relay for Life" event in Stevens County.  The other t-shirt was from a school play of "Treasure Island."

A spokesman for the FBI said they have received "scores" of tips in this case and are pursuing all investigative leads.  He said they are not ruling anything in or out as part of their investigation so far.

 KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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