Friday, May 11, 2018

Explosive device caused damage at St. Stephens Episcopal Church

From Texas-

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas says a package detonated outside the door of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Beaumont between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, damaging windows and part of the church office.

The AFT and Beaumont Police and Fire are investigating.

The church is near the an Episcopal school. No one was at the church or school at the time and no one was hurt.

The school alerted parents to pick up their children.

Last month, what police told KFDM was a box with an explosive target used in hunting was placed outside the Starbucks on Dowlen Road in Beaumont. No one was hurt and investigators haven't found the person who placed it there.

From Episcopal Diocese:

(May 10, 2018) Sometime between the end of worship Wednesday evening and the beginning of school this morning, a package detonated outside the office door of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont. No one was injured in the blast, which “broke out windows, put holes in the office walls and blew apart the bushes lining the entrance,” said the Rev. Steven Balke, rector of St. Stephens.
Balke immediately called police and soon had the office and school evacuated. “The FBI is here and checking the property,” Balke said. An explosive device was located at an area Starbucks on April 27 so the event at St. Stephen’s is not an isolated incident. “Everyone is taking this very seriously, especially since there is a school involved,” he added.

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