Man Throws Bomb Into California Cheesecake Factory Restaurant During Happy Hour

No one was injured in the blast.

By Benjamin H. Smith

Police are searching for the man who threw a homemade explosive device into a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Pasadena, California last night. It was just past 6 pm when the man opened the door to the chain restaurant, lit the device, and tossed it inside, where it landed underneath an occupied dining table.  Fortunately, no one was injured in the explosion that followed.

Personal belongings, including cellphones and a baby carriage, were left behind as patrons ran for cover. Witness Garrett Gunkle told NBC4 Southern California, "People were jumping over one another, fighting to get over bar stools. People were tripping, falling...stuff going everywhere. It was very chaotic." Cheesecake Factory spokeswoman Alethea Rowe issued a statement, saying, "This evening, an incendiary device exploded within our Pasadena restaurant. 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."

Authorities described the explosive as a “homemade pyrotechnic device,” which contained gunpowder. According to CBS News, witnesses describe the bomber as being around 6 feet tall, with a slender build, a heavy beard, and wearing all black clothing and a black beanie. A statement from the City of Pasadena Police Department said, “Detectives are currently handling the investigation and out of an abundance of caution the federal authorities have been notified.”

[Photo: NBC4 Southern California]

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