Authorities investigate source of explosion at L.A. warehouse

Investigators and firefighters gather at the scene of a fire and explosion Monday, May 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Fire Department was at the nondescript commercial building late Saturday afternoon when there was a thunderous explosion that sent firefighters scrambling through searing flames to get out of the building. Twelve firefighters were injured. All are expected to survive. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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UPDATED 7:24 AM PT — Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Officials are carrying out an investigation into an explosion in Los Angeles, California. The explosion took place Saturday at a warehouse hosting the operations of Smoke Tokes, which is a vape and marijuana accessories manufacturer.

50 investigators have been deployed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in order to ascertain the source of the explosion.

According to city authorities, 12 firefighters were injured while responding to the fire. Eight of them have been released from the hospital already.

“Thanks to the great medical professionals, the courage of the firefighters, all of them are alive still today and we expect all of them to live,” stated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The toughest injuries, there was surgery on today for one of our firefighters and that went well and we now still have four that are hospitalized, three at County-USC and one out here in the Valley.”

The mayor also said the city is working to determine whether the company was operating under a legal license.

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