Incendiary Device Tossed Into Pasadena Restaurant

Suspect sought, described as 'Hispanic or middle eastern'
February 3, 2017 Updated: February 3, 2017

A man dressed in black threw an incendiary device into a popular Southern California restaurant but authorities say no one was injured when it went off.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday at a Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena.

A police statement says officers responding to a report of an explosion evacuated customers and employees of the Colorado Boulevard restaurant and found a homemade pyrotechnic device.

CBS reported that witnesses described the suspect as either “Hispanic or Middle Eastern,” about 6 feet tall, with a thin build, a heavy beard, while wearing black clothing and a black beanie.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad rendered the device safe.

Police say witnesses described the man who threw the device as having a heavy beard and wearing all black clothing and a black beanie.

The investigation is being handled by city police but federal authorities were notified.

The restaurant is in the historic Old Pasadena dining and shopping district.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.