ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania — Three men were blown to smithereens in a mysterious Saturday night car bombing that scattered body parts across a central city street.
Authorities were tight-lipped about the possible motive, but did say they believed the person responsible was killed in the explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The identities of the dead were not immediately released.
“We know there’s been a criminal incident,” District Attorney James Martin said. “We have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident.”
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading the investigation along with the FBI, state police, and city and county authorities.
The explosion rocked a street near a sports arena just minutes before a hockey game ended.
Witnesses described a gruesome scene, with the car ripped in two by the blast and scorched body parts littering the street, the Allentown Morning Call reported.
“This is real life and I’m shaking and freaking out while I’m running,” Stephanie Connelly said. “Every place we looked, there was a body part or something there.”
Authorities said they would release more details about the blast as soon as they could.
“We understand the public interest in this matter,” U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain said. “We will share with you what we can when we can, but I think you can also appreciate that we’re at the beginning of trying to piece this all together.”