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Police: Tampa bar was targeted in explosion

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tampa police say a bomb that was tossed into a north Tampa bar Wednesday night was "a homemade, crude device."

Police also say they believe it wasn't a random act of violence, and that the bar was targeted.

Nobody was injured, but one person was taken to the hospital with chest pains following the explosion at the Radio Bar and Grill on Busch Boulevard, two blocks west of Busch Gardens, around 10:30 p.m. So far, they haven't provided a possible motive.

The Radio Bar is a combination bar and radio station that invites local rock and country artists to play at the venue with their performances streamed on the web. The online station streams 24/7 with live webcasts evenings throughout the week. I asked DJ Robert Hoffa if the bombing could have been retaliation for something that was said or played on the station.

"No, not at all," he said. "There's not controversy here whatsoever, and that's the puzzling part. Why?"

Hoffa had just finished his show Wednesday night when the device was tossed in a back door where it exploded, shattering the glass around the DJ booth.

Thursday afternoon, patrons and friends were installing new glass, promising the station will soon be back on the air.

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