Deadly explosion in Southern California likely an intentional act, official tells AP

Authorities investigate California explosion as intentional

The Tuesday afternoon blast occurred in Aliso Viejo, which is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.

The blast reportedly blew siding of the walls of a medical office building, exposing insulation and framing as well as damaging a first floor suite. Investigators believe the blast may have come from a package, according to an official who was briefed on the investigation but wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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

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.

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A third person suffered smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

According to police, the explosion was a "deliberate detonation" - an explosive device was taken into the building and addressed to a specific person.

There are unconfirmed reports of explosive devices on the scene of the blast in Orange County.

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.

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Mary McWilliams tells the Orange County Register that she arrived for an appointment Tuesday in Aliso Viejo to find smoke surrounding the area and vehicle alarms going off.

The Orange County Fire Authority said the explosion occurred from inside the two-story building at 11 Mareblu Tuesday shortly after 1 p.m.

Children at a day care across the street from the building were evacuated.

". 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.

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