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Aliso Viejo Explosion in California Killing Woman Investigated as Intentional

Aliso Viejo Explosion in California Killing Woman Investigated as Intentional

The blast, which erupted around 1 p.m (4 p.m. ET), caused extensive damage to buildings in the area, Sawyer said.

Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes says the formal identification of the body is continuing Wednesday but authorities believe it is that of Ildiko Krajnyak (IL-di-koh KRY-nyak), a licensed cosmetologist.

The explosion happened around 1pm Tuesday in Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometres) south of Los Angeles.

"We're relieved now that we've seen their faces", she said.

The cause of the blast remained a mystery for much of the day, with officials initially believing a auto had smashed into the building.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday night it had "not determined conclusively whether the explosion was accidental or intentional".

Delacourt said investigators were still working to determine a motive and figure out exactly how the device was brought to the spa.

The officials say there have been no arrests.

Bommarito said there didn't appear to be a gas leak. Mr. Bommarito said all three were expected to survive.

A USA official told the Associated Press the authorities were investigating it as an intentional act and a package may have caused the blast.

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Paul Delacourt, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles, described the explosion site as a "crime scene", but did not elaborate, according to the AP.

By mid-afternoon, officials said they did not believe there was any further threat to the community.

The officials said the explosion did not appear to be part of a broader plot and there was no immediate connection to any extremist groups. Authorities said they hadn't yet located an explosive device and were searching through debris.

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

The sheriff's department is partnering with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who will assist investigators.

Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service issued a statement to CBS2 in which it said that the alleged package in question was not delivered by USPS.

The official was briefed on the investigation, was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. She and the three injured people were likely close to the explosion, Sawyer said.

"The corner of that building, the whole bottom floor is pretty much blown out", fire Capt.

A federal official told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the explosion was believed to be an intentional act and the blast may have come from a package. He would not say whether the woman killed had been specifically targeted.


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