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Man tosses explosive device into crowded Southern California restaurant

04 February 2017

Authorities then searched the restaurant and located a "detonated homemade pyrotechnic device", the Police Department stated.

The Cheesecake Factory released a statement: "This evening an incendiary device exploded within our Pasadena restaurant". Police said it was not a pipe bomb, not a Molotov cocktail, had no projectiles, no shrapnel and nothing was ejected.

Although no one was injured, the device filled the restaurant with heavy smoke and set off panic and confusion, according to witnesses who spoke with CNN affiliate KABC.

The device was described as a seemingly homemade pyrotechnic device containing gunpowder, Chute said.

Diners at the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena were given a scare when a man tossed a homemade explosive inside the restaurant and fled the scene.

"People were jumping over one another, fighting to get over bar stools, people were tripping, falling ... stuff going everywhere", Garrett Gunkle, a customer, told a local NBC news affiliate. He was seen wearing black clothing and a black beanie. The motive is not known at this time. Still, he said police are taking the incident seriously, according to the Star-News. "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Bomb squad responded to the scene and rendered the device safe".

Federal authorities have been notified of the incident, the Police Department stated.

"Thankfully, none of our guests or staff was injured", said Alethea Rowe, a company spokeswoman.

Man tosses explosive device into crowded Southern California restaurant