Crime

Bomb Blast Rocks Starbucks in NYC

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Nerves are on edge in New York City today, after a small bomb exploded outside a Starbucks. The blast went off at 3:25 a.m. in the city's Upper East Side neighborhood, shattering two of the store's windows. No one was hurt.

The bomb was placed under a bench just under the windows. Residents of 25 apartments in the building were evacuated as a precaution. The building's night super, Carmella Perovic told the New York Post, "First, I thought one of the boilers exploded. Then I started praying to God that no one was hurt. That's when I heard the fire engines."

The bombing is similar to ones that hit a Times Square Army recruiting center and the Mexican consulate in recent years. But Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, except for the early morning timing of the blasts, there is no apparent connection.

Building resident Issan Jage said he looked out of his window just after the explosion, and saw two teenagers running away from the bench. But he quipped, "I believe it's just kids pissed off at Starbucks for selling coffee for $2."

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