Allentown Car Explosion: Father, Toddler Son Among Dead, Relatives Confirm
A man and his two-year-old son were among the three people killed in the car explosion that shook downtown Allentown, according to multiple sources interviewed by The Morning Call. Relatives of the father and son confirmed multiple reports circulating on social media, as did an Allentown city official with knowledge of the matter. Authorities have not yet released the identities of the victims, who died when the car exploded in a fireball Saturday night on the 700 block of Turner Street. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim on Sunday said autopsies on the victims are slated to be performed today. A relative of the father said he did not know who the third victim is. A news conference is expected to be held today but no time has been announced. Authorities on Sunday said they believed the blast was an isolated incident and that “the perpetrator” was among the three victims. The explosion that shook city buildings and residents, many of whom posted videos of the fiery aftermath. On Sunday morning, the ATF and the Allentown Bomb Squad converged on a house on Lumber Street in connection with the incident, but details have not been released. Meanwhile, Turner Street between Seventh and Eighth remains closed as authorities continue to investigate the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is leading the inquiry, which also involves city and state police and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.