1 dead, 3 injured after 'intentional' explosion at California medical building

1 dead, 3 injured after 'intentional' explosion at California medical building

1 dead, 3 injured after 'intentional' explosion at California medical building

Officials say one person had died and two others were injured in an explosion at a medical building Tuesday in Orange County.

A USA 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.

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) said the explosion occurred on the first floor.

At a news conference late Tuesday, Paul D. Delacourt, the assistant director in charge of the F.B.I.'s Los Angeles field office, said his agency was working with the sheriff's department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the blast.

Authorities have said that there is no lingering threat to the public, and there didn't initially appear to be any threats made before the blast or signs of terrorism.

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".

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Officers found the youngster a short time later "asleep under a bush in a yard of a nearby residence", according to Hurlbut. The mother, 30-year old Ina Rogers, was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail for child neglect the same evening.

Mary McWilliams told the Orange County Register that she arrived for an appointment to find smoke surrounding the area and auto alarms going off.

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

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.

He said investigators had not found an explosive device at the scene on a lower floor of the building.

McWilliams says she saw two women covered in ash and soot stagger out of the building. Still, they chose to evacuate a nearby day care and other surrounding businesses as a precaution.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department stated in response to news reports: "Despite media reports quoting unnamed sources, we have not confirmed that the explosion is intentional, nor have we conclusively identified the source of the explosion". The other woman was bleeding from her head.

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