Explosive device damages Texas church near site of Starbucks bomb, diocese says

Explosive device damages Texas church near site of Starbucks bomb, diocese says

Beaumont police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

A package was detonated Thursday outside a building at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Beaumont Police Department said.

Officers responded to a "criminal mischief" call at 9:18 a.m. outside St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Delaware Street, Beaumont Police Chief Jim Singletary said.

A suspected explosive device detonated overnight outside a southeast Texas church, causing minor damage.

The church, which is home to the All Saints' Episcopal School, will remain closed until further notice.

"We're utilizing a large amount of resources to try to get on this as quickly as possible", Singletary said.

No one was injured in the detonation that was discovered Thursday morning and thought to have happened sometime after the church's Wednesday night services and Thursday morning according to Doyle. Windows were broken, walls were damaged and bushes were torn apart, according to the diocese.

"I give thanks to God that no one was hurt", he said.

Parents, who told 12News they had received texts saying their children were safe, began arriving to pick up students at All Saints Episcopal School which is directly behind the church to the north shortly after the incident was reported. We will update with more as soon as we receive confirmed information.

Further texts instructed parents on when and how to pick up students early.

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