1 person killed in explosion at California medical facility

16 May, 2018, 15:02 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 1 killed 2 injured in Aliso Viejo gas leak explosion

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 USA official told The Associated Press.

Investigators believe the Tuesday blast, which happened in Orange County, may have come from a package, according to the Associated Press.

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) said the explosion occurred on the first floor.

Orange County first responders investigate the scene of an explosion in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The FBI also said there was no indication of terrorism, but it would continue to investigate out of caution.

A daycare and preschool are near the site of the explosion, but authorities said all of the children are safe.


However, sheriff's Cmdr. Dave Sawyer said the size of the explosion made it suspicious but no explosive device had been found, and it was unclear whether the blast was accidental or intentional.

Mary McWilliams told the Orange County Register that 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. McWilliams says one woman had skin peeling on her arm. The person who died was inside the building at the time of the blast, officials said.

Authorities said they are not actively seeking a suspect.

". They weren't on fire, they were helping each other across the street, walking very slowly and a lot of shock, shaking, just full of ash all over their face, eyes bloodshot, just blood all over", the woman said.

Of the three people who were injured, Ms. Braun said, two suffered "significant" injuries while the third complained of smoke inhalation. Other people could be seen wheeling cribs down the street as the area was evacuated.

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