News Blast at El Monte Church: Authorities are investigating

Blast at El Monte Church: Authorities are investigating


Specialists are examining defacement and a potential blast at an El Monte church Saturday morning.

People on call showed up at the scene around 1:13 a.m. because of reports of smoke at First Works Baptist Church, 2600 Tyler Ave.

“At the point when our units showed up to the scene they found that the First Works Baptist Church was having some smoke emerge from the windows,” said Lt Christopher Cano of the El Monte Police Department. “It created the impression that the dividers to the church had been vandalized just as all the windows from the outset seemed, by all accounts, to be crushed.

“At that point, we understood that the windows were not crushed, [and] that they had really extinguished from some sort of blast.”

The FBI said an ad libbed hazardous gadget was found at the scene.

“The thought something to that effect would occur in this area is incomprehensible,” said neighbor Eugene Brown.

Firemen cleared the scene by 4:23 a.m., authorities said. In any case, other analytical units, including the FBI, remain.

The church, headed by Pastor Bruce Mejia, has been the focal point of local area fights as of late because of what are seen to be lessons against the LGBTQ people group.

Mejia has said his convention since the church was dispatched three years back incorporates judgment of same-sex relationships.

“We can’t state what the thought process was for this assault I would prefer not to state those gatherings in any capacity were answerable for this,” said El Monte Police Chief David Reynoso.

Nobody was harmed in the blast, and agents are scanning the region for security video.


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