Chabad House Santa Monica 311 .
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NEW YORK – A piece of debris falling on the roof of a Chabad House in Santa
Monica, California, a block away from a Reform temple, was initially thought to
be a terror attack targeting the center.
There were no immediate reports of
injuries, and approximately 100 people were evacuated from within a four-block
Jews wearing tefillin cause alarm aboard airplane
Police reported that some kind of device hit the roof of the
Chabad House building and exploded at about 6:45 a.m.
worked to clear up the scene the explosion, the city’s police department
announced that the blast which resulted in the evacuation of a four-block radius
around the 1400 block of 17th Street was “not an intentional act.”
was no incendiary device,” said Santa Monica Police Department spokeswoman
Lauralee Asch. “The explosion was due to a mechanical failure.”