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Southern California office explosion believed to be intentional


A U.S. official says a deadly explosion at a Southern California office building is being investigated as an intentional act and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package.

One woman was killed and three others were injured during the Tuesday afternoon explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo.

The blast occurred on the first floor of the building in Orange County that was under renovation.

The official said the information was based on a preliminary investigation. 

The deadly explosion at this Southern California office building is believed to be an intentional act and a result of a package

The deadly explosion at this Southern California office building is believed to be an intentional act and a result of a package

One woman was killed and three others were injured during the Tuesday afternoon explosion

One woman was killed and three others were injured during the Tuesday afternoon explosion

The blast occurred on the first floor of the Aliso Viejo building in Orange County that was under renovation

The blast occurred on the first floor of the Aliso Viejo building in Orange County that was under renovation

Investigators said they hadn’t yet located an explosive device and were searching through debris.

The official was briefed on the investigation but wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene Tuesday night.  

The Tuesday afternoon blast shattered windows and forced children in a nearby daycare center to be evacuated. 

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

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

In this photo taken from video provided by KABC-TV, children are evacuated from a preschool across the street from a building that was rocked by the explosion 

In this photo taken from video provided by KABC-TV, children are evacuated from a preschool across the street from a building that was rocked by the explosion 

Mary McWilliams of San Clemente tells the Orange County Register that she saw two women with burns stagger out of the building. 

Fire officials say a third person suffered smoke inhalation.

Orange County sheriff’s experts along with FBI, the ATF and other federal agencies are investigating the cause of the blast. 

Orange County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dave Sawyer said Tuesday night that the size of the explosion makes it suspicious.  



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