A Sam's Club employee speaks to an officer after the store was evacuated when a device was detonated early afternoon on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Ontario.
Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to assist police with the investigation.
Hugo Gonzalez, 49, of Fontana, was arrested Thursday after police said he set off two explosive devices inside the store, triggering a pair of small fires and prompting an evacuation. According to a police spokesperson, the incident was initially reported at 2:08 p.m.as a structure fire after the caller heard a "popping sound" on aisle 4 of the warehouse store in the 900 block of Milliken Avenue.
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The man detained Thursday night had led officers on a short pursuit after he was seen leaving the store, but he eventually pulled over, Guerrero said. Eric Quinones with the Ontario Police Department said.
"Within the vehicle Gonzalez was driving, investigators located add'l materials similar to those used in the devices found which were found in the store". Bomb squad personnel later confirmed that two homemade devices were detonated, but there were no injuries or significant damage.
Authorities say there doesn't appear to be any damage to the building. Officer Eliseo Guerrero said the man had no apparent connection to Sam's Club.
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Investigators did not discover any other explosive devices when they searched Gonzalez's vehicle, the store and his apartment in Fontana on Thursday night, Russell said. "Each device had ignited small fires to products within close proximity", the police department said in a statement.
She tweeted: "Police have Sam's Club in Ontario shut down because of possible threat".
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