The First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, California, was the site of an explosion and fire about 1:10 a.m., and the FBI believes an improvised explosive device was involved, authorities said.

No injuries were reported, but 14 homes and eight apartments nearby were evacuated as a precaution, El Monte police said.

"The FBI responded overnight with the El Monte Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to an IED attack at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, CA," the FBI said in a statement.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the bureau is looking at hate crime as a possible motive but that nothing has been ruled out so early in the investigation.

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