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Explosion heard before fire at Fayetteville nightclub

Posted November 3, 2010

— Fayetteville fire investigators believe that an explosive device caused a fire at a nightclub near downtown early Wednesday.

Fire Chief Benjamin Nichols said that crews were called out to a fire at Club Illusions, 416 Raleigh St., around 3:40 a.m. Firefighters extinguished a small fire on the roof that caused minimal damage.

The business wasn't open at the time, and no one was injured.

Faytteville club explosion, fire_01 Explosive device likely caused nightclub fire

Nichols said that firefighters found remnants of an explosive device on the roof. He said that debris from rooftop of Club Illusions was thrown 180 feet away, and witnesses reported hearing an explosion in the area at the time of the fire.

"It looked like it took a little bit of planning, a little bit of work, to make this device. I don't think it was a major threat to anybody nearby, of course," police spokesman Dan Grubb said.

Police have not released more details about the device.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has taken the lead in the investigation, assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Fayetteville Police and Fire departments.


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  • grab-a-gift.com Nov 4, 2010

    if they had insurance .it looks like that or the club owner made somebody mad. but it must have been amateur night .hot much bang for their buck

  • itsnews2me Nov 3, 2010

    re: "Next thing you know you will have to get stripped search to buy a McDouble and a large order of fries!"

    That could be a good thing. It make people think twice about what they're ordering, and decide whether they think they can work it off!

  • Adelinthe Nov 3, 2010


    Thank God no one was hurt.

    God bless.


  • TeresaBee Nov 3, 2010

    It looks like insurance fraud to me too.

  • meBNme Nov 3, 2010

    Dude, the business was closed, and the device was on the roof.

    How in the cotton pickin world is a strip search gonna stop that?

    I know, put a sign out front that says, "all arsonists, bombers and other criminals must first report to the police department for a strip search before committing your act of vandalism or destruction of property"

    Yep.... that'l solve it......

  • WOW1979 Nov 3, 2010

    STRIP SEARCHES??? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard? Next thing you know you will have to get stripped search to buy a McDouble and a large order of fries!

  • chach Nov 3, 2010

    Strip searches are not the answer. It's time we self govern again. If you have someone at the door checking ID's, If they don't like the way there acting or the way they look, Don't let them in. That's all you can do.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Nov 3, 2010

    Funny, I heard Tali Ban was a frequent visitor as well. I could be wrong, though...

  • IBleedRedandWhite Nov 3, 2010

    Sherlock- anytime an explosive device is thought to have been used, the ATF always get involved.

  • Sherlock Nov 3, 2010

    Is the "new" Fire Marshall doing the investigation? Why has the ATF taken the lead, is this not a property in Fayetteville and are we not paying for our fire and police to do this job. If they can not do it then this is an area that the city fathers can cut to help the budget, every time we need to call an outside agency we waste our tax money here, why pay for both?