1 killed in 'intentional' explosion at CA medical facility

16 May, 2018, 15:03 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Street closures due to an explosion in Aliso Viejo

The explosion came from the inside out, and the first floor is heavily damaged. Investigators believe the blast may have come from a package, according to an official who was briefed on the investigation but wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

There was a daycare located across the street from the building with the explosion, but officials confirmed no children were injured and they were working to reunite the kids with their families.

He said investigators had not found an explosive device at the scene on a lower floor of the building.

Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said: "We are still trying to determine if this explosion was accidental or intentional". She and the three injured were likely in close proximity to the explosion, Sawyer said.

There's no "initial indication" of terrorism right now, Mike Gifford, spokesperson for Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, said.

In an evening briefing, Orange County and federal officials said no cause had been definitively determined or ruled out, whether a gas leak or an intentional act.

Mary McWilliams tells the Orange County Register that she arrived for an appointment Tuesday in Aliso Viejo to find smoke surrounding the area and auto alarms going off.

McWilliams said she saw two burned women staggering out of the building, covered in ash and soot. Two of the injured people had unknown injuries, and the third person suffered smoke-inhalation, according to officials. Other people could be scene wheeling cribs down the street as the area was evacuated.

One woman, who had skin peeling on her arm from burns, said, "Take care of my mother", McWilliams said.

United States officials confirmed it had responded to an explosion.

They said they were not actively looking for any suspects. The other woman was bleeding from her head.

The county's bomb squad and a hazmat team are preparing to search the building where the explosion occurred.

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