Police: Santa Monica Chabad explosion was caused by bomb

April 9, 2011 08:39


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An explosion that hit the Santa Monica, California Chabad House Thursday morning was caused by an explosive device, Santa Monica Police said late Friday night, reversing their previous statement that the explosion was caused by a freak industrial accident.

The Santa Monica Police Department released a photograph and description of a suspect, named as 60-year-old Ron Hirsch, who it described as a transient. A police bulletin said "Hirsch should be considered extremely dangerous."

Police added that Hirsch previously frequented synagogues and Jewish community centers in the Los Angeles area seeking charity.

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