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Tampa bar explosion under investigation

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The beer is flowing again at a Tampa bar after an explosion caused some serious damage.

Wednesday night, somebody lobbed a bomb through the back door of the Radio Bar and Grill on Busch Boulevard.  The explosion took out almost every window, busted the women's room door, and scattered ceiling tiles.

"Teresa behind the bar, she was right here at the door and got blasted, literally lifted her up off her feet and threw her about 3 feet," said bar D.J. Robert Hoffa. 

Investigators say no one was seriously hurt.  After a day of clean-up, the place is back to normal, except for the nagging question: who did this?

"This is definitely not a random act of violence. We have determine based on the evidence that we found at the scene and some of the witness statements, that this bar was targeted," said Tampa Police spokesperson Laura McElroy.

There are cameras all over this place, including one that's trained at the back door where the bomber came in, but police say there are no usable images.

The explosion makes long-time customers nervous.

"It does irritate me," said Grace Matthews.  "Because I hang out at lot of bars and like I said, I work here, other bars, if it's gonna happen here, it's gonna happen at other places. We're all family here."

Thursday night, there were still some signs of the blast. A door jamb is splintered.  From now on, the back door will be locked.

Police won't say what kind of bomb did all this.

"It was definitely a homemade device. Very crude. But it did have a punch because it did do some extensive damage," said Laura McElroy.

Tampa police are working leads to identify the bomber.   

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