Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Killed in Explosion at Office Building in California

Killed in Explosion at Office Building in California

Aliso Viejo is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Pacific time of a possible explosion at a two-story building in Aliso Viejo, California.

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

The explosion, in a normally tranquil South Orange County city, prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses and a school filled with children, officials said.

FBI spokesman Mike Gifford said around mid-afternoon that the cause of the explosion was still unknown and the agency had sent resources to help with the investigation, which is being led by Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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".

The dead and injured have not been named.

Fire and sheriff's officials said the building appeared to be undergoing some type of renovation.

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

"We are still trying to determine if this explosion was accidental or intentional", said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Still, they chose to evacuate a nearby day care and other surrounding businesses as a precaution.

They said they were not actively looking for any suspects.

". They weren't on fire, they were helping each other across the street, walking very slowly and a lot of shock, shaking, just full of ash all over their face, eyes bloodshot, just blood all over", the woman said. Initially it was reported that the vehicle crashed into the building, but later it became known that the explosion occurred inside the centre.

Of the three people who were injured, Ms. Braun said, two suffered "significant" injuries while the third complained of smoke inhalation.

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