1 dead, 3 injured after ‘intentional’ explosion at California medical building
An explosion at a California medical building on Tuesday — which left one person dead and three others injured — was the result of “an intentional detonation,” according to FBI investigators.
Federal sources told the NBC4 I-Team that an explosive device was delivered to the Aliso Viejo building at some point during the day, though it’s unclear when.
The bomb was reportedly addressed to a specific person. It went off around 1 p.m.
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. Still, they chose to evacuate a nearby day care and other surrounding businesses as a precaution.
The explosion ripped through the first floor of the two-story medical building, blowing out walls and windows — and sending the preschool kids scattering, along with their parents.
Those who were inside the building when the device went off also went running for their lives.
“Take care of my mother, take care of my mother!” shouted one woman as she fled, according to NBC4.
Witnesses told the local station that she saw two people, completely covered in ash, exiting the building with singed hair and skin peeling off their wrists. Two survivors were said to have critical injuries.
Bomb squad investigators and FBI agents were looking into the cause of the blast Tuesday.