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Arizona Social Security Office Explosion Investigated, Man Arrested

Arizona Social Security Office

Casa Grande, Arizona | An explosion at an Arizona Social Security Office today in Casa Grande has reportedly caused no injuries, and while investigators were originally tight-lipped about the blast’s origins, a man is reportedly in custody in connection with the explosion.

The Arizona Social Security Office blast occurred at approximately 8:30 AM Friday, Casa Grande Fire Marshal Barbara Rice confirmed to press. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was dispatched to the scene of the explosion, but soon ATF spokesman Tom Mangan directed media queries to the FBI, which had taken over the investigation.

According to ABC, FBI spokeswoman Jennifer Giannola confirmed that the blast at the Arizona Social Security Office was being investigated by that agency, in addition to local and state police departments.

Giannola answered questions about the Arizona Social Security Office explosion earlier today in a brusque email, in which the agency was unusually tight-lipped about the investigation:

“There were no injuries and we are unable to confirm or deny whether anyone is in custody. This investigation remains ongoing, no further information will be provided at this time.”

Ed Mouradian is the spouse of an employee at the small-town Arizona Social Security Office, and he said that his wife was shaken after the incident.

“She was crying and extremely upset … I am concerned for all the employees’ well-beings. It’s a small office that’s very tight-knit.”

Later in the day, officials confirmed that a man had been arrested during a traffic stop in connection with the Arizona Social Security Office blast, and that he had been headed “eastbound on the main road out of the Casa Grande area.”

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