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Device that exploded behind a church and diner in northwest Oklahoma City is being examined

A bomb went off Wednesday in a trash bin outside a kitchen that serves the homeless just north of the Hungry Frog Restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City. The incident caused no injuries.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Published: September 29, 2011

A bomb went off Wednesday in a trash bin outside a kitchen that serves the homeless just north of the Hungry Frog Restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City, startling people but causing no injuries.

Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said bomb squad technicians aren't sure exactly what kind of explosive it was, but it was powerful enough to bend the metal trash bin. No buildings were damaged in the blast.

The explosion was heard and felt several blocks away. It went off in the trash bin behind Penn Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 1121 N Pennsylvania Ave. Wardlow said an officer felt it rattle his patrol car several blocks away and responded about 7:10 a.m.

Michele Snow, a waitress at the Hungry Frog restaurant at NW 10 and Pennsylvania, said the boom shook the ground and building but caused no damage there.

“It was a big explosion, kind of reminds you of the Murrah building. It was a very powerful explosion,” Snow said. “You could feel it when it happened. It was terrifying.”

The device was in the trash bin on the west side of the church north of the Hungry Frog. The bin is behind the church kitchen, which is used by a social service called OKC Compassion Inc., Executive Director Richard Bond said. About 150 homeless people and others recovering from drug and alcohol addiction eat lunch in the church kitchen.

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