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Feds, sheriff’s deputies investigating 3 explosions of ‘homemade’ devices in Vista

Three homemade devices were detonated Wednesday in Vista, but no injuries were reported and investigators said there were no obvious targets of the blasts.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s bomb/arson unit is investigating the explosions along with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Sgt. Anthony Portillo of the bomb/arson unit.

In a news release, authorities urged anyone who sees a suspicious device to use extreme caution and report it right away.

“If you see a device that seems suspicious or out of place in your neighborhood, do not touch, move or pick it up,” Portillo said. “Call 911 immediately.”

Wednesday’s first blast was reported about 11:30 a.m. on East Vista Way near Anza Avenue, Portillo said. The second occurred about 1:25 p.m. on East Drive near North Santa Fe Avenue, a little more than a mile from where the first blast happened.

The last explosion was reported around 2:40 p.m. on East Drive near Woodrail Drive, about a quarter-mile from the location of the second blast.

“The explosions occurred in open areas and parking lots with no obvious target or motivation,” Portillo said. “Two small fires were started by the explosions, but were quickly extinguished. No one was hurt and there was no damage to property. No roads were closed or evacuations were ordered.”

The devices were homemade, according to Portillo, who said authorities would not provide a more detailed description “to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.”

Anyone with information about the explosions or the person or people responsible was urged to call the San Diego County Crimes Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can also submit information on the agency’s mobile app or online at sdcrimestoppers.org.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 to anyone who provides a tip that leads to an arrest.



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