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Explosive Device Caused Damage At St. Stephens Episcopal Church In Beaumont

All Saints’ Episcopal School has been evacuated and the church and the school will remain closed until further notice

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledged that the front of a Beaumont church was damaged by some sort of detonation.

Beaumont Police and the ATF cordoned off an area around St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the 4000 block of Delaware Street as they investigated what they described as “suspicious damage” to the building.

In a Facebook post Bishop C. Andrew Doyle of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas said a “package bomb” had gone off at the front steps of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church sometime between the last church service on Wednesday and sometime Thursday morning.

Doyle said in the post that he had spoken with St Stephen’s rector, Rev Steven Balke, who told him that he noticed the damage Thursday morning when he arrived at the church.

Balke found blown out windows, holes in the walls and :traces of the traces of the “detonated package” according to Doyle’s post.

Doyle gave thanks to God that no one was injured according to the post.

All Saints’ Episcopal School has been evacuated and the church and the school will remain closed until further notice

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