Lethal blast in Southern California medical constructing investigated as intentional

The Latest California office blast investigated as a crime

"We'd just like everyone to know that our thoughts are with her family", Sawyer said of the person who was killed.

Fennessy said children at a day care across the street were not injured.

This picture taken from cellphone video reveals a constructing after a deadly explosion in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Tuesday, Might 15, 2018.

The explosion blew out walls and windows, heavily damaging the first floor corner of the two-story building and hurling debris outside, said Capt.

Firefighters put out a small fire and found one woman dead inside the building, the authorities said.

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. The reason for the blast is being investigated.

Late Tuesday afternoon, NBC4 - citing unnamed federal sources - said investigators had determined that the blast was an "intentional detonation", and the explosive device was delivered to the building, addressed to a specific person.

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The official said the information was based on a preliminary investigation. The building sits in the shadow of the 73 toll road, which cuts through south Orange County, and across the street from a day-care center. Dave Sawyer said the size of the explosion made is suspicious.

But police have not confirmed this and they say no device was found. Two of the injured people had unknown injuries, and the third person suffered smoke-inhalation, according to officials.

Witness Mary Mack-Williams described the chaotic scene immediately after the explosion, saying he saw bloodied women fleeing from the building, their faces were covered with ash. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

Children and staff at nearby Academy on the Hills preschool initially sheltered in place while the investigation continued, but children were later evacuated to a Target store parking lot so they could be reunited with their parents.

Carrie Braun, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, said authorities were working to determine if the explosion was an accident or an intentional act.

Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy says 10 engines and 70 firefighters were dispatched in response to a 1:09 p.m. Tuesday call from Aliso Viejo.

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