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Suspected Firework Set Off in Columbia Heights Eatery Injures Two

by Andrew Ramonas July 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments

An “explosive device” erupted inside a Columbia Heights Subway last night, injuring two people and causing “significant damage” to the restaurant, police said.

The incident, which police classified as an assault with a dangerous weapon, happened in the Subway at 3306 14th St. NW about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. D.C. Fire and EMS officials believe the explosive was a cherry bomb, agency spokesman Doug Buchanan said.

The two victims were sitting in the eatery when someone threw the device near them, according to a police report. It then went off, giving the victims “several injuries” and leaving the restaurant with at least $5,000 in damage, the report said.

At least one person was hospitalized, Buchanan said.

Police haven’t released a description of the suspect.

When a Borderstan reporter visited the eatery this afternoon, a sign taped to the front door said:

“Due to [an] act of Vandalism, We will be opening late today. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

A Subway representative inside the restaurant declined to comment.

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