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Explosion at Arizona Social Security office forces evacuation

Explosion at Arizona Social Security office forces evacuation
Police investigate an explosion at the Social Security Administration office in downtown Casa Grande, Ariz.
(Steven King / Associated Press)

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.

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“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.

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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

@josephserna

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