Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Device explodes outside business owned by 'Sopranos' star Imperlioli

A small explosive device was set off in front of a New York studio owned by a star of the hit show 'The Sopranos', police said yesterday.

No one was injured in the blast in midtown Manhattan in the early hours of this morning, but a van parked nearby was damaged, a New York City Police Department spokesman said.



Police said it was not known whether there was any connection between the incident and the actor Michael Imperioli, who owns the studio and plays Tony Soprano's nephew on the popular show.



Brian Greeson, 39, who was in a bar a block away from the explosion, told the New York Daily News: ``It was loud, real loud. It shook the bar.''



Imperioli owns Studio Dante on West 29th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, where the explosion happened.



The police spokesman said several residents who live above the studio were evacuated after the device blew up at about 1am.



The police department's bomb squad was investigating what kind of explosive was used and why it was detonated in front of the building.



The studio, which was created by Imperioli and his wife Victoria, is described on its website as ``an unexpected jewel-box that was built to house progressive new plays''.

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