The explosion took place on the edge of Old Allentown Historic District, a neighborhood known for its range of architectural homes, a block from the PPL Center sports arena. It was also near the city’s commercial and cultural hub for dining and shopping. Body parts were seen at the scene of the explosion. Officials were investigating what caused the explosion and interviewing witnesses. A bus station was turned into a makeshift command center with armored vehicles, dozens of police cruisers and mobile command units.
Scene of the explosion
Nearby residents were evacuated but police determined that there was no threat to the community. “Our investigation is leading us to believe that this was an isolated incident,” Tony Alsleben, interim chief of the Allentown Police Department, said at a news conference. Autopsies were scheduled for Monday. The police believes „the perpetrator was killed in the incident.” I still can’t believe it,” a witness said. The Red Cross opened a shelter at a school for residents who were unable to return to their homes. Authorities released no information about the possible cause of Saturday night’s blast, including whether it was a bomb. Authorities are seeking the public’s help in getting clues and asked anyone with information to call the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.