Aliso Viejo blast: Mystery explosion kills woman in Orange County California

Hugh Fox
May 16, 2018

An explosion at a California medical building on Tuesday - which left one person dead and three others injured - was the result of "an intentional detonation", according to FBI investigators.

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

There's no "initial indication" of terrorism right now, Mike Gifford, spokesperson for Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, said.

He said authorities believe the explosion came from inside the building, since the doors and windows on the bottom floor were "blown out", according to The Register.

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.

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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.

Dong Shin said he had seen "fire, smoke, insulation popping out of the walls, a lot of scared people running around, a lot of commotion".

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

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

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

They said they were not actively looking for any suspects.

Unconfirmed initial witness reports said that the blast may have been a gas explosion, but Orange County Fire Authority Capt. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

Authorities say one person is dead and two others have injuries after an explosion rocked a Southern California office building.

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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