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Man Tosses Explosive Device Inside California Cheesecake Factory

February 03, 2017

Chaos erupted on Thursday night at a Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, California, when a man tossed an explosive device inside the restaurant, officials said.

The explosion went off after 6 p.m. at the Cheesecake Factory, but luckily no one was injured.

“This evening an incendiary device exploded within our Pasadena restaurant,” The Cheescake Factory said in a statement. “Thankfully, none of our guests or staff was injured. Law enforcement is actively investigating the incident and we hope to reopen in Pasadena on Friday, as usual.”

The Pasadena Police Department responded to a call of an explosion at the Cheesecake Factory, on West Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena.

“Officers immediately entered the restaurant and evacuated customers and employees and located a detonated homemade pyrotechnic device,” Pasadena police said in statement. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb squad responded to the scene and rendered the device safe.”

Police said that the man opened the door to the restaurant, lit the explosive device and then threw it inside. The suspect immediately fled and the device landed underneath an unoccupied table.

The suspect was described as a “male of Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent, 6’0, thin build, with a heavy beard and wearing all black clothing and a black beanie.”

The suspect is still at large.