Police on the search for man who threw homemade explosive into Pasadena Cheesecake Factory and fled

Southern California law enforcement agencies are searching for a man who reportedly tossed a homemade explosive into a Cheesecake Factory restaurant and fled the scene.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the 2 W. Colorado Blvd. location in downtown Pasadena.

Authorities say the explosive used was a “homemade pyrotechnic device” containing gunpowder.

Witnesses say the device landed under a vacant table. The restaurant was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

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A man threw a homemade explosive device into a Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, setting off an explosion that sent frightened diners fleeing but caused no serious injuries, officials said.

A man threw a homemade explosive device into a Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena, setting off an explosion that sent frightened diners fleeing but caused no serious injuries, officials said.

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“People were jumping over one another, fighting to get over bar stools, people were tripping, falling … stuff going everywhere. It was very chaotic,” one diner, Garrett Gunkle said in an interview with NBC Los Angeles.

Witnesses say restaurant workers and guests were able to evacuate the diner in due time following the incident.

Witnesses say restaurant workers and guests were able to evacuate the diner in due time following the incident.

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The suspect is said to stand about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and bearded face. He was dressed in all black and wearing a beanie at the time of the attack.

“Pasadena Police Detectives are currently handling the investigation and out of an abundance of caution the federal authorities have been notified,” the department said in a statement.

If anyone has further information, the department asks they call (626) 744-4241 or report details anonymously to lacrimestoppers.com.