Explosion Near Santa Monica Synagogue Caused By 'Mechanical Failure'

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Santa Monica police say an explosion that sent an object hurtling onto the roof of a home near a Jewish school and prayer house was an accident – not a bomb.

Sgt. Jay Trisler says a mechanical failure caused a pressure buildup resulting in the blast at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

Sgt. Marty Fine says the blast shattered windows at the Chabad (huh-BAHD') House Lubavitch of Santa Monica and launched an object onto the roof of a building next door. TV reports showed a hole in the roof with a long cylinder poking out.

No injuries are reported. Fine says about 100 people have been evacuated from a four-block area while bomb experts investigate.

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