Explosion in California being probed as intentional act

Explosion in California being probed as intentional act

One woman is dead and three other people are injured after a mysterious explosion rocked a medical building in Southern California.

"As far as what I'm hearing there was no vehicle involved", Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

"We do not believe at this time that it was an accident", he said.

The working theory is that Tuesday's explosion was caused by a device, said Paul Delacourt, FBI assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office. Tony Bommarito and sheriff's officials said later that was not the case.

"We have not found any type of specific device inside of the building right now that would tell us or lead us to exactly what the device was - if there was a device", Sawyer said.

One woman was killed and three others were injured during the Tuesday afternoon explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Orange County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Don Barnes identified the victim as Ildiko Krajnyak-Vestil of Trabuco Canyon.

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. No children were injured, officials said. He cautioned: "Until we can prove otherwise, everything is being investigated".

The blast, which blew out almost the entire first floor, sent plumes of white smoke into the air and debris flying into the parking lot.

Krajnyak lived in the Orange County community of Coto de Caza.

Dong Shin, a witness, said he heard a loud boom minutes before his appointment in a nearby building.

McWilliams said she saw two burned women staggering out of the building, covered in ash and soot.

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The identity of the female victim killed has not been released.

Two survivors had critical injuries "that were consistent with an explosion, but not necessarily consistent with a bomb", said sheriff's department spokeswoman Carrie Braun.

"We are going to take every precaution necessary before we enter that building", Bommarito said.

"And the ground shook", he told CNN.

Fire officials say a third person suffered smoke inhalation.

"We don't rule out anything, but at this point there is nothing that leads us to believe that there are [more targets]", Barnes said. Neighbors said Krajnyak-Vestil worked as an esthetician and worked at the medical office building on 11 Mareblu, where the blast occurred Tuesday.

"Anytime you see an explosion of this magnitude, it would definitely be suspicious to us, and that's why we rolled out all the resources to get to the bottom of it", he said.

The woman who died was inside the building when the blast occurred.

Authorities provided no additional information about the search.

There's no "initial indication" of terrorism right now, Mike Gifford, an Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman in Los Angeles, said, though authorities will continue to investigate possible terrorism out of caution.

A deputy stands watch as the Orange County hazmat team and bomb squad investigate the scene of an explosion in Aliso Viejo on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

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