A man threw a bomb into a crowded restaurant into a Pasadena restaurant, sending panicked diners scrambling out the exits.
No one was injured, but police are still looking for the suspect.
About 6 p.m. Thursday, a man opened the front doors to the Cheesecake Factory in Old Pasadena, California and tossed inside a homemade pyrotechnic explosive device that contained gunpowder.
The bomb exploded and issued smoke, causing customers to flee the restaurant. There were no injuries and no significant damage to the restaurant, Pasadena Now is reporting.
A woman who said she was dining in the restaurant said “a man (looked Middle Eastern) open[ed] the door to the restaurant, threw something that looked like a ball inside then closed the door and took off running, then within seconds you hear an explosion sound and everyone started running.”
The suspect, who police described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern male, ran southbound on Fair Oaks Avenue. He was dressed in black, wore a black beanie and had a “robust beard,” Pasadena Police Lt. Art Chute said.
He said the bomb squad responded and declared both the device and the restaurant safe.
The suspect remains at large. The restaurant remains closed while an investigation is underway. The FBI has also been contacted as a precaution. Anyone with information about the bombing is asked to call Pasadena Police at 626-744-4241.
This is a breaking story and we will update as conditions warrant.
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