Caught on Cam: Teen Wanted for Chinese Restaurant Explosion

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    A 14-year-old boy is being sought after by police for planting an explosive device inside a Philadelphia Chinese restaurant.

    The explosive detonated at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday in the waiting area of the Oriental Kitchen Take-Out restaurant at 919 N. 18th Street in the Francisville section of the city, police said.

    Surveillance video captured the boy walking into the restaurant and placing the device in a small access panel. He then runs outside as the device begins to flare.

    Moments later, the device explodes filling the lobby with sparks, smoke and destroying part of the wall.

    Luckily, no one was hurt. The take-out spot's waiting area is separated by a large Plexiglas wall and counter.

    Detectives with the department's Central Detective Division describe the boy as 14-years-old and wearing a blue T-shirt and black jeans. Other kids, caught on camera outside the restaurant were seen riding bicycles.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS.


    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.