Feds, Sheriff’s Agents Investigate 3 Explosions of ‘Homemade’ Devices in Vista

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

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Unit is investigating the explosions along with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Sgt. Anthony Portillo of the bomb/arson.

In a press release, authorities are urging anyone who sees a suspicious device to exercise extreme caution and report it immediately.

“If you see a device that seems suspicious or out of place near you, don’t touch, move, or pick it up,” Portillo said. “Call 911 immediately.”

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

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

“The explosions took place in open areas and parking lots with no apparent purpose or motivation,” Portillo said. “The explosions started two small fires, but they were quickly extinguished. No one was injured and there was no material damage. No roads were closed or evacuations ordered.”

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

Anyone with information about the explosions or the person(s) responsible were asked to call the San Diego County Crimes Stoppers Anonymous Tipline at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can also submit information through the agency’s mobile app or online at sdcrimestoppers.org.

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

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