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04/20/2010 6:13 AM  

updated 12:57 p.m. ET, Wed., April 14, 2010
SAN DIEGO - San Diego authorities say a package explosion at a FedEx warehouse appears to have been sparked by batteries and was not intentional.

City fire spokesman Maurice Luque (loo-KAY') says two lithium batteries in a box made contact and exploded shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at the building in the Miramar neighborhood.

However, FedEx Corp. spokesman Rob Boulware says the batteries were nickel-cadmium.

Police Lt. Dan Christman say employees who were sorting packages were about 6 feet away from the cardboard box when it exploded. They reported a flash and a smell like gunpowder, but nobody was hurt.

The building was evacuated until a police bomb squad determined the cause of the blast.

Boulware says the only damage was to the package, and FedEx is working to identify the shipper.

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