Investigators believe deadly Southern California explosion was intentional

1 dead 3 injured after ‘intentional’ explosion at California medical building

1 dead 3 injured after ‘intentional’ explosion at California medical building

Investigators believe an explosion at a medical office in southern California that killed one woman may have been intentional, USA media reports say.

According to police, the explosion was a "deliberate detonation" - an explosive device was taken into the building and addressed to a specific person.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the incident.

The FBI said there was no initial indication of terrorism, but the agency would continue to investigate out of caution.

Firefighters and sheriff's deputies escort children from Academy on the Hill pre-k school in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, after a fatal explosion nearby.

In a news conference Tuesday night, Orange County Sheriff's Department Commander Dave Sawyer said it was unclear whether the explosion was intentional or accidental.

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.

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Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy said children at a daycare across the street were not injured.

McWilliams says she saw two women covered in ash and soot stagger out of the building.

"There's heavy damage on the first floor corner of the building, walls and windows blown out", Capt.

One woman, who had skin peeling on her arm from burns, said, "Take care of my mother", McWilliams said. OCFA said a bomb squad was sent in to assess the situation and investigate the cause of the blast. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

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.

Two survivors had critical injuries "that were consistent with an explosion, but not necessarily consistent with a bomb", said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. They expected a lengthy investigation to determine the cause.

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