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.

  • Eric Scharf

    I have raised with CM Nadeau the need to forbid the sales of fireworks in the District as a safety issue. I am aware that it is a longstanding tradition to allow seasonal sales, however it is becoming an increasing safety and quality of life issue in the city that needs to be addressed. MPD provided me information indicating that on July 4th FEMS responded to five incidents, including at least one of serious injury. This particular incident at the Subway should be cause for further concern.

    • Bill Johnson

      Any fireworks or firecrackers that explode — such as cherry bombs, roman candles, or floral shells — are illegal to be sold in DC. So i believe you are barking up the wrong tree

  • Lorraine Lockett Amaechi

    Yes, fireworks are not safe based on their inherent nature. But remove yourself and think about it
    banning fireworks in the nation’s capital. The two things kind of common sense goes
    together like celebrating freedom and independence.


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