- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A man mysteriously emerged from a vault under a sidewalk, hurled a smoke bomb into a trendy Manhattan restaurant and disappeared Friday evening, police said.

The device sailed across an outdoor seating area and landed on a table around 5:45 p.m. Friday at Bar Pitti in Greenwich Village, sending up a cloud of red smoke, according to police and witnesses. No one was injured, police said.

“We were just trying to relax and have a nice dinner, and then there was smoke and a bunch of policemen,” diner Sara Bond of New Orleans told WNBC-TV.

It was, added Australian tourist Tina Millet, “quite a big commotion.”

Police were looking for a suspect in his 30s and trying to figure out what motivated the peculiar incident.

The eatery was aired out and humming again later Friday night. A woman who answered the phone said a manager wasn’t immediately available to talk to a reporter.

The man came out of a heavy yellow door that is one of many that dot New York City’s sidewalks. They provide emergency exits for subways, let electrical workers access underground lines and serve various other functions.

Bar Pitti is a staple of beautiful-people dining. Celebrities ranging from Heidi Klum to Kourtney Kardashian to Calvin Klein to Cyndi Lauper have all been spotted there.

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