Car explosion kills at least one in Allentown, PA
Police are warning that the blast seems to be intentional.
Three men were killed when a car exploded in Pennsylvania’s third largest city Saturday night, drawing a massive response from the local and federal police.
At a press conference Sunday afternoon, authorities repeatedly described the explosion in Allentown as an “isolated incident” and said that they had a “high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was killed.”
There was no immediate word on the identity of the victims, nor was there an explanation of a possible motive. The researchers said they do not believe that there is an additional threat to the community.
The explosion happened at about 9:30 p.m. on a downtown street, and could be heard and felt across the city and is located approximately 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
At least one person was killed after a car exploded in Allentown, Pa. on Saturday.
Resident Carlos Perodin told The Morning Call newspaper that he is watching a movie with his wife when he heard a thunderous explosion and went to the scene.
“The fire was crazy,” Carlos Perodin told the newspaper. “The car was pretty much split in half.”
Another witness, Stephanie Connelly, said that they saw body parts strewn all over the street.
“This is real life and I’m shaking and freaking out while I,” she told The Morning Call.
A bus station was converted into a makeshift command center with armored vehicles, dozens of police cars, mobile command units, and even portable bathrooms, the paper reported. Various portable tents were also built for the proof of the processing.
Residents were asked to avoid the area, and the people who live nearby were asked to shelter in place. A shelter established at an elementary school, and authorities said it would remain open on Sunday night.
The authorities shut down about six blocks from the center of Allentown, Pa. as part of the research.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead on the investigation with the assistance of the FBI and the local authorities. Officials haved asked anyone with information about the case to call (888) ATF-BOMB (283-2662).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed