Investigators look into Bomb Threats at other KC Businesses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Police say two bomb threats were called in at other downtown Kansas City businesses just minutes before an
explosion caused extensive damage at the Hereford House.

Investigators are trying to determine if the bomb threats are related to the fire but aren't yet calling the explosion and resulting fire a case of arson.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives got into town yesterday to begin sifting through the rubble of what's left of the landmark Kansas City steakhouse. The blast happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday, shattering the front of the building and sending bricks and glass flying into the street.

Co-owner Rod Anderson says he was in Wisconsin for a reunion when the fire happened. He says he's hoping the fire was an accident.