Meyersdale police identify juveniles in explosive case

May 2, 2019

Meyersdale Borough police have identified two juveniles they say were responsible for several explosions on the Great Allegheny Passage.

Police Chief Mark Kasterko said the explosions came from the High Street Tunnel in the northeast corner of the borough. The three incidents occurred at night between April 11 and April 26.

“A few residents were alarmed by it,” he said. “It was fairly loud and they considered it large explosions. It was to the point of rattling windows and stuff in that area.”

Somerset County trails and parks director Lindsay Pyle said her maintenance workers inspected the tunnel Tuesday.

“They took a look and said there has been no damage that they could see,” she said.

During the investigation, multiple juveniles were interviewed and questioned.

“We have a couple that gave written statements on what happened and we have charges pending,” Kasterko said.

Kasterko said that additional individuals could be charged. He said police are still working on the specific charges. The state police are assisting and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could become involved. One charge will be risking or causing a catastrophe.

“Whether they were homemade or whether they were purchased — that is going to make a difference in how the charges play out, too,” he said.

Material is being sent to a state police crime lab to determine the type of explosive used.