Long Beach authorities are investigating a possible Molotov cocktail that was hurled at an apartment building late Tuesday near the Alamitos Beach area.
The incident was reported around 10:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of E. Broadway, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Authorities said an unknown assailant hurled a glass bottle containing a flammable liquid at the window of an apartment.
Witnesses said the flames were doused with a fire extinguisher. No injuries were reported.
The incident is rather rare in what is a relatively a quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
At least two women said they were walking in the area when they noticed a bright light nearby, then a man hurling what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail.
"We looked over and we saw him throw it at the window," Rachel Zimmerman of Long Beach said. "We saw the whole window go up in flames."
At the building Tuesday night, police officers used flashlights to look at the broken apartment window on the first floor.
The two female witnesses said the assailant, who was wearing dark jeans and hooded sweater, fled north on Kennebec Avenue after hurling the firebomb. The person remains at large, authorities said.
Anyone with information about the attack can contact Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-7260 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.