Allentown Car Explosion: Autopsies On Victims Set For Today
The three males killed in Saturday night’s car explosion in Center City Allentown are in the process of being identified, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. At a news conference Sunday, Grim said autopsies on the victims are slated to be performed today. He also expected to potentially release their identities today, once their families were notified. Authorities on Sunday said they believe “the perpetrator” was among the three victims killed in the blast, an explosion that shook city buildings and residents. The car exploded about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on the 700 block of Turner Street, at Hall Street, about a block away from PPL Center, which was hosting a Lehigh Valley Phantoms preseason game that ended within minutes of the blast. Neighbors who live near the explosion could be displaced for a while. Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said the situation would likely be “inconvenient for the people that live in that area” until authorities are able to collect the evidence that will lead to a conclusion as to why the explosion occurred. For those needing shelter, the American Red Cross has opened one at the East Side Youth Center at 1140 E. Clair St. Numerous roads in the area remain closed. Police are continuing to ask the public to avoid the area from Seventh and Eighth streets and Linden and Chew Streets. LANTA has also modified bus service in the area. The ATF and the FBI, which said it brought all available assets and resources to the city, are among the dozens of law enforcement agencies that have descended upon Allentown following the explosion. Authorities continue to ask for the public’s help, and anyone who has information on the incident can call 888-ATF-BOMB.