Car explosion kills 3 people in eastern Pennsylvania

October 1, 2018

Car explosion kills 3 people in eastern Pennsylvania

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — A car explosion late Saturday night killed three males, including the person likely responsible for the blast, reports say.

The Allentown Call reports the blast at 9:30 p.m. Saturday shook the city of about 120,000 residents and that parts of the vehicle and the victims littered the street.

The area where the blast occurred is a mixture of residences and small businesses, according to the Associated Press.

“We know there’s been a criminal incident,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said at a news conference, according to the Call. “We have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident.”

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting the city’s police department with the investigation into the blast, wpxi.com reports.

The identities of the victims have not been released and autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

Authorities say they believe the blast is an isolated incident and that residents are not in danger.

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