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Explosion at Arizona Social Security office forces evacuation

November 30, 2012|By Joseph Serna
  • Police investigate an explosion at the Social Security Administration office in downtown Casa Grande, Ariz.
Police investigate an explosion at the Social Security Administration… (Steven King / Associated…)

The Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande, Ariz., was evacuated Friday morning after an explosion, authorities said.

A small, simple device exploded and charred the outside of the building’s side doors about 8:25 a.m., said Case Grande Fire Marshal Barbara Rice. A car near the entrance appeared to be damaged.

“It wasn’t a pipe bomb or anything of that nature,” she said.

There was smoke damage inside the building and briefly a fire, but no one was injured, Rice said.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

Authorities said they had identified a person of interest related to the bombing and could make an arrest later Friday.

joseph.serna@latimes.com

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