Drunk Man Denied Entry Into Jerusalem Bar, Allegedly Tries to Blow Place Up

East Jerusalem suspect allegedly opened faucets of gas canisters outside popular 'Toy' bar, tossed a lit cigarette before escaping. Police say he admitted under questioning.

Nir Hasson
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A man suspected of seeking to set off a gas explosion with his cigarette, March 4, 2017.
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A court extended an arrest warrant on Monday against an East Jerusalem man suspected of trying to ignite a gas canister via a lit cigarette behind a pub that denied him entry last week.

The suspect in his 30s is suspected of intentionally causing property damage, attempted arson and an attempt to destroy an asset using explosive material.

A police investigation shows he went to the "Toy" pub in Jerusalem while drunk, where bouncers denied him entry. He then went behind the pub, where he opened the faucets and damaged the tubes hooked up to a gas canister, while smoking.

The suspect is accused of then throwing the lit cigarette near the canisters and fleeing. Soon after, employees detected a strong odor of gas and called police and firefighters.

Police said the suspect has admitted to the crime under questioning.