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Blast Near California Synagogue Was Accidental, Police Say

April 7: A large hole is left after police and firefighters removed a device from the roof of a home in Santa Monica, California.

April 7: A large hole is left after police and firefighters removed a device from the roof of a home in Santa Monica, California.  (Associated Press)

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 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.