Bombs at Church and Starbucks in Beaumont, TX, Raise Fears of New Serial Bomber

A broken window at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. A package exploded outside of the church's office sometime on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. (Ryan Pelham/The Enterprise)
A broken window at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. A package exploded outside of the church’s office sometime on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. (Ryan Pelham/The Enterprise)

A bomb blast at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont, TX, on Thursday is raising fears that it may be the work of a new serial bomber, just weeks after such a criminal terrorized Austin, the state’s capital.

No one was injured in the blast and the structure sustained only a small amount of damage. But, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responded to the incident.

Concerns about a serial bomber in the area were raised after a Starbucks employee also reported an unexploded incendiary device at the coffee shop, just two miles away from the church. According to CBS, “Law enforcement sources say it was a working bomb, and that there was a note that said ‘die USA,’ and referenced the city of Austin.”

The church’s members, however, are not letting the incident scare them away. Yellow tape at the crime scene was cleared on Friday, and services will continue as planned on Sunday.

–Joshua James