Man throws incendiary device into Los Angeles-area restaurant

NBC Los Angeles                      The Cheesecake Factory on 2 West Colorado Boulevard on Feb. 2

NBC Los Angeles The Cheesecake Factory on 2 West Colorado Boulevard on Feb. 2

A homemade incendiary device thrown into a crowded California restaurant at dinnertime was a "glorified firecracker" that didn't appear to be made to injure anyone, a police spokesman said Friday. It detonated and gave off heavy smoke, but no one was injured.

Pasadena police told the Hollywood Reporter that shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday evening, a man reportedly opened the door and threw the lit device inside the restaurant before fleeing. It was very chaotic, ' said one witness, Garrett Gunkle, who returned to the restaurant to collect his belongings.

Untouched plates of food and personal belongings were left behind in the deserted restaurant.

Police safely evacuated diners from the restaurant and found the expended device, according to a Pasadena Police Department news release.

Investigators say the suspect was described as Latino or Middle Eastern, about 6ft tall (1.82 metres), with a heavy beard and wearing all-black clothing. Thankfully, none of our guests or staff was injured.

The LA County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and the Pasadena police responded to the scene.

"Pasadena police detectives are now handling the investigation and out of an abundance of caution the federal authorities have been notified", according to a Pasadena police statement. "Law enforcement is actively investigating the incident and we hope to reopen in Pasadena on Friday, as usual".

The suspect is still on the loose and there is no known motive.

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