Rose City – Another explosion took place Friday night on Powell Blvd. The Spritely Bean, a coffee shop, was the victim of arson committed by the self-proclaimed Bridge City Beta Males.
A thunderous explosions shook the area, sending large black smoke plumes and debris billowing into the air.
Witnesses report hearing a deafening boom, feeling buildings shake, lights go out. Some thought it was an earthquake.
“I did time in Iraq. This was just like a bomb going off,” said one witness.
“You could almost feel the noise, that’s how loud it was,” said another witness in the area. “It’s hard to talk about. Glass shattered, everything exploded. … It was indescribable.”
Large smoke plumes were visible from blocks away. Local residents were warned to avoid the area if possible.
The explosion, just after 10 p.m., were in a row of businesses that also houses Steakadelphia, and a scientologist print shop, which is a total loss. The owner of Steakadelphia told the Rose Cityian that all his employees are accounted for.
No fatalities have been reported.
Crews are asking residents to stay away from the area. Power and gas have been cut in the area.
Police are asking for tips on the whereabouts of the Beta Males. They have yet to find members of this rogue band of arsonists.