One person killed in explosion at California medical facility

Nellie Chapman
May 16, 2018

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.

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

The powerful blast blew out almost the entire bottom floor, officials said. The FBI said there was no initial indication of terrorism, but the agency would continue to investigate out of caution.

Investigators are considering the incident as an intentional act, due to the size of the explosion.

He also said that the police finds out causes of the explosion. The person who died was inside the building at the time of the blast, officials said.

Orange County Sheriff's Cmdr.

"Take care of my mother, take care of my mother!" shouted one woman as she fled, according to NBC4.

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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 condition of the injured were not immediately known.

The investigation is still in its early stage and authorities had begun processing the inside of the building, he said. The cause of the blast is being investigated.

Bommarito could not provide the status of the three individuals taken to the hospital. No children were injured, officials said.

Little children holding hands and others being pushed in rolling cribs were led by firefighters to a Target parking lot to be united with parents.

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

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.

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

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