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Police Seek Origin of Loud Explosions in Upper Bucks County
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
2018-05-31

            For the past two months, residents in the vicinity of Upper Bucks County and southeastern Lehigh County have reported hearing loud explosions in the area, but nobody has been able to pinpoint the exact location or cause.  The "loud booms" occurred in different areas and so far their origin has eluded police. 

            There are reports of property damage, in the form of holes left in the ground from a possible explosion, along the roadway in several Milford Township locations.

            Police in Richland Township, Bucks County issued a statement that the explosions appear to be focused in the area along or close to the borders of Richland and Milford Township. Milford Township is aware of the issue and has been researching the reports. It seems as though the blasts may actually be in Milford in the area along North Old Bethlehem Pike.

            Springfield Township (Bucks County) police asked that if anyone hears a loud explosion and can pinpoint its origin, or at least the direction from which it sounds like it is coming from, contact police immediately.

            It is imperative that police get the information as soon as possible in order to track these events.  If anyone notices anything unusual along the road, on their property, or elsewhere that seems to be from an explosive device, do not investigate it yourself. Call police immediately.  

            If you hear any loud explosions that seem to be close, take a mental inventory of vehicles or people that are passing by and report it to police.

            Officials are not aware of anyone having permission to blast in the area.

            Captain Richard H. D'Ambrosio and Trooper Marc W. Allen of the PA State Police, Bethlehem issued the following press release:

            "Since April 2, 2018, over twenty (20) explosions have occurred in the early morning hours (between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.) in the Upper Bucks County area. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies all take these events very seriously and are working diligently to protect the citizens of our community.

            "Keeping everyone safe is our shared number one priority. Fortunately to date no one has been injured; however, we are attempting to prevent someone from accidentally getting injured by these explosions, including the individual responsible. These events disrupt emergency response personnel from their normal course of duty, straining local resources and impeding emergency personnel from responding to other calls for service.

            "Police are counting on assistance from members of the community to keep our counties          safe. 

            "We are asking everyone to please remain vigilant and to pay attention to events and persons around you.  Regardless of how insignificant you think your tip may be, we strongly encourage you to come forward with your information.

            "You do have the option to remain anonymous when aiding this investigation.  Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers: Call 1-800-426-Tips or Dublin station 215-249-9191 ask for: Trooper Jordan Houck."


 

 

 

 

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