Man sets off explosive at Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena; no injuries

04 February, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Archie Newman
  • Man sets off explosive at Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena; no injuries

Police evacuated the scene, and a bomb squad removed the device.

The man fled after throwing the device.

"This evening an incendiary device exploded within our Pasadena restaurant", The Cheescake Factory said in a statement.

Authorities say the explosive used was a "homemade pyrotechnic device" containing gunpowder.

In a news conference, Pasadena Lt. Mark Goodman explained the device wasn't a pipe bomb or a Molotov cocktail, and that it contained no projectiles or shrapnel. No one was injured, but the patrons were quite shaken up after a man wearing all black clothing and a black beanie threw an explosive device into the restaurant. The motive behind the weird incident remains a mystery. Detectives are still working to track down a motive for the incident, but Gourdikian said that "on its face, it looks like a stupid prank".

A spokeswoman for the Cheesecake Factory, Alethea Rowe, gave the following statement to NBC4 Southern California Friday morning. It opens at 11 a.m.

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The investigation is being handled by city police but federal authorities were notified.

Police described the man as being Latino or Middle Eastern, about 6 feet tall, of thin build and with a heavy beard.

The restaurant is in the historic Old Pasadena dining and shopping district.

"There are (patrol) cars specific to that area".

Anyone with information was asked to call the Police Department at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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