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Truck explodes in John Wayne Airport employee parking lot; suicide attempt suspected

Truck explodes in John Wayne Airport employee parking lot; suicide attempt suspected
A plane comes in for a landing in 2015 at John Wayne Airport, where a truck exploded in an employee parking lot Tuesday morning. (File Photo / Los Angeles Times)

A truck exploded in an employee parking lot at John Wayne Airport on Tuesday morning, sending one person to a hospital in critical condition. A preliminary investigation indicated a suicide attempt and not an act of terrorism, authorities said.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the lot at 7:30 a.m. to find a truck with extensive damage from a propane tank explosion, the Sheriff’s Department said. The roof was dislodged and windows were blown out, authorities said.

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A man who is not an employee of the airport was taken to a hospital. No one else was hurt.

Authorities said they don’t believe the incident was in any way related to the airport.

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Multiple propane tanks were found in the vehicle, though it wasn’t clear whether the explosion was in one tank or more, the Sheriff’s Department said.

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