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Explosion heard before fire at Fayetteville nightclub

Posted November 3, 2010 10:18 a.m. EDT
Updated November 3, 2010 5:23 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.