1 killed in 'intentional' explosion at CA medical facility

1 killed in 'intentional' explosion at CA medical facility

Bomb squad investigators and FBI agents are looking into what caused the blast but authorities said there was no lingering threat, according to NBC.

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

Orange County Sheriff's Cmdr. The reason for the blast is being investigated.

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. Dave Sawyer said the size of the explosion made is suspicious. The blast caused extensive damage to buildings in the area, Sawyer said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department stated in response to news reports: "Despite media reports quoting unnamed sources, we have not confirmed that the explosion is intentional, nor have we conclusively identified the source of the explosion".

Children and staff at the nearby Academy on the Hills preschool initially sheltered in place while the investigation continued, but children were later evacuated to a nearby Target parking lot so they could be reunited with their parents. The woman who died was inside the building when the blast occurred.


Bommarito said one of the injured people suffered from smoke inhalation, but the extent of the other victims' injuries was unknown. The USPS later issued a statement: "The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service, has determined the package in question did NOT go through the Postal Service The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners in this ongoing investigation".

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

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

Shin said he and others hurried down the stairs to get out of that building, and saw "two holes in the wall" of the medical facility. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

Firefighters responded to a call of an explosion shortly after 1 p.m. local time. It was not immediately clear what prompted that call.

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