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

16 May, 2018, 15:05 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Aliso Viejo blast: Mystery explosion kills woman in Orange County California

Aliso Viejo is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

A federal official told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the explosion is believed to have been intentional and may have come from a package.

But police have not confirmed this and they say no device was found.

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.

FBI spokesman Mike Gifford said the cause of the explosion is still unknown and the agency has sent resources to help with the investigation, which is being led by Orange County Sheriff's Department, local news outlet City News Service reported.

Officials declared a second-alarm fire and hazmat situation, and crews successfully extinguished a fire at the building after the explosion.

Authorities initially indicated a auto had crashed into the building, but Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

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One person was pronounced dead at the scene, and three others were injured, OCFA said.

Bomb technicians from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies were investigating, said Paul Delacourt, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles.

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.

Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said: "We are still trying to determine if this explosion was accidental or intentional". McWilliams says one woman had skin peeling on her arm.

Authorities said they are not actively seeking a suspect. The other woman was bleeding from her head. Surrounding buildings have also been evacuated.

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".

Braun said the two survivors had critical injuries "that were consistent with an explosion, but not necessarily consistent with a bomb".

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