A 59-year-old man had serious injuries to his face and hands after an explosion Friday morning, May 10, outside a Denny’s in Fullerton.
The blast was reported about 8:50 a.m. initially as a possible transformer explosion, said Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus.
Officers arrived to the restaurant, on South Harbor Boulevard and Hill Avenue, and found the man with serious injuries. He was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, police said.
Investigators soon determined the explosion was not related to anything electrical, Radus said. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was on scene Friday morning.
The restaurant and neighboring businesses were evacuated and the roads near the area were closed to traffic.
FULLERTON (CBSLA) – Authorities believe that an improvised explosive device was responsible for an explosion which left a man seriously injured outside a Denny’s restaurant in Fullerton Friday morning.
The explosion occurred at about 8:50 a.m. in the area of South Harbor Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue.
Police at the scene of an explosion outside a Denny’s restaurant in Fullerton. May 10, 2019. (CBS2)
A 59-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital with severe injuries to his hands and face, Fullerton police said. He is expected to survive.
Several nearby businesses were evacuated. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad was on scene to investigate the cause and source of the explosion.
Police at the scene initially told CBS2 that they did not believe that the explosion was a criminal act. However, they later reversed course and said that the explosion was likely caused by an IED.
“The origin of the blast is under investigation,” Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus told reporters. “We are sure it was an explosion of some sort, we don’t know what caused it at this point in the investigation, which is why the Orange County Sheriff’s bomb squad is on scene, to help determine what may have occurred.”