Cause of deadly explosion at California building remains unclear, officials say

  • Cause of deadly explosion at California building remains unclear, officials say

Cause of deadly explosion at California building remains unclear, officials say

The explosion happened on the first floor of the two-story office building at 5 Mareblu said Orange County Fire Authority, KTLA reports.

Bommarito could not provide the status of the three individuals taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

He said the person who died was inside the building when the blast occurred.

Authorities initially believed a vehicle had crashed into the side of the structure but later said that was not the case.

Tony Bommarito with the Orange County Fire Authority.

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

However, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun said no vehicle was involved in the explosion and there is an investigation to find out what caused it, according to NBC.

Although the cause of the blast was still unknown, Bommarito told reporters around 3:30 p.m. that there was "no immediate hazard" to the community.

"Then everyone started running out of buildings everywhere with looks on their faces of just horror", the woman said. A bomb squad and hazmat team were on scene. OCFA said a bomb squad was sent in to assess the situation and investigate the cause of the blast.

A nearby preschool was ordered to evacuate. They were being reunited with parents at a nearby store parking lot. Portions of Pacific Drive were shut down in the area due to the incident, according to a tweet from the the city of Aliso Viejo.