Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Deadly Orange County explosion investigated as intentional act

This image taken from cellphone video shows a building after a fatal explosion in Aliso Viejo Calif. on Tuesday. The cause of the blast is being investigated Aliso Viejo blast: Mystery explosion kills woman in Orange County California
Ebony Burgess | 16 May, 2018, 15:04

An explosion that rocked a Southern California medical office building on Tuesday, killing a woman and injuring three other people, is being investigated as intentional and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package, a US official told The Associated Press.

A U.S. official told the Associated Press the authorities were investigating it as an intentional act and a package may have caused the blast.

Federal sources told the NBC4 I-Team that an explosive device was delivered to the Aliso Viejo building at some point during the day, though it's unclear when.

The fire at the building at 11 Mareblu - an outpatient medical clinic - was quickly doused following the roughly 1:10 p.m. explosion, but hazardous materials officials and bomb squad investigators were at the scene trying to assess the situation and ensure there was no further danger, Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Mike Gifford had said earlier there was no initial indication of terrorism in the facility about 7 miles northeast of Laguna Beach.

Mary McWilliams told the Orange County Register she arrived for an appointment to find smoke surrounding the area and auto alarms going off.

Although the cause of the blast was still unknown, Bommarito told reporters around 3:30 p.m. that there was "no immediate hazard" to the community.

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McWilliams said she saw two burned women staggering out of the building, covered in ash and soot.

Shin said he also saw "fire, smoke, insulation popping out of the walls, a lot of scared people running around, a lot of commotion".

The powerful blast blew out almost the entire bottom floor, officials said.

Authorities said they are not actively seeking a suspect.

There were unconfirmed reports that a vehicle may have also crashed into the building, OCFA said. The other woman was bleeding from her head.

Fennessy says children at a daycare across the street were not injured.

Authorities say one person is dead and two others have injuries after an explosion rocked a Southern California office building. The cause of the blast was being investigated.

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