In California blew up the medical center

Glen Norman
May 16, 2018

The deadly explosion in an Orange County building that killed one woman and injured three others appears to be intentional and is being investigated as a criminal act, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Bomb squad investigators and FBI agents were looking into the cause of the blast Tuesday.

Bomb technicians from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies were investigating, said Paul Delacourt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Authorities say explosives experts are trying to determine what caused an explosion that killed a woman and injured three other people at a Southern California medical office building.

"We have not found any type of specific device inside of the building right now that could tell us or lead us to what exactly the device was, if it was a device", Commander Dave Sawyer of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said at a press conference.

A woman who was on her way to an appointment in the area told CBS2 she arrived just after the blast occurred, and she saw fire on the roof of the building.


"We have confirmed there was no vehicle inside", Bommarito said, adding there was an explosion inside the building.

"The corner of that building, the whole bottom floor is pretty much blown out", fire Capt.

McWilliams says she saw two women covered in ash and soot stagger out of the building. OCFA said a bomb squad was sent in to assess the situation and investigate the cause of the blast. Still, they chose to evacuate a nearby day care and other surrounding businesses as a precaution. The other woman was bleeding from her head.


By mid-afternoon, officials said they did not believe there was any further threat to the community.

"The survivors' injuries were consistent with an explosion, but not necessarily consistent with a bomb".

A third person suffered smoke inhalation, fire officials said.


Brian Fennessy, the Orange County Fire Authority chief, said 70 firefighters were dispatched in response to the call in Aliso Viejo at 1:09 p.m. local time.

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