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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Petersburg McDonald's Rocked Twice by Explosions




ST. PETERSBURG -- The bombing that shook the new McDonald's under construction just off Nevsky Prospect last Friday was the second attack on the building, police and neighbors of the restaurant said.


On Christmas Eve, a hand grenade was thrown through a window of the McDonald's on Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa. No one was hurt and just two or three windows were broken, a police spokesman said.


Last Friday's bomb was worse, shattering windows in the McDonald's and also in the opposite apartment building.


No one has claimed responsibility for either incident. The police spokesman said it was "unlikely" that the two bombings are related.


The restaurant is being built beneath a residential building, and it has been hotly opposed by some of its neighbors.


In December, they organized an attack on McDonald's construction workers, throwing trash and buckets of cold water on them from upper-story windows.


But even those residents of the building who acknowledged dousing the construction workers with water were quick to disassociate themselves from the bombings.


An elderly woman, who asked not to be identified, said the Dec. 24 blast woke up the entire building.


"It was very loud," she said. "The children woke up and were scared, and the adults were also frightened."


McDonald's could not be reached for comment.


Nikita Maslennikov, head of City Hall's department for investment projects in the Economics and Investment Policy Committee, said Thursday the governor's administration was concerned by the Dec. 24 and Jan. 16 bombings.