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Some scary sh*t in Allentown, PA tonight. Car exploded in what authorities are callin' a criminal incident. Killed 3 peeps and absolutely shredded the car in half. It's believed the perp was one of those killed. ATF is takin' the lead in the investigation. Believed to be an isolated incident. They're sayin' peeps all across the city heard and felt the explosion.

Three men killed in Pennsylvania car explosion, officials say

Three men were killed when a car exploded in Pennsylvania's third largest city Saturday night, drawing a massive response from local and federal law enforcement to what was dubbed a "criminal incident."

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, authorities repeatedly described the explosion in Allentown as an "isolated incident." Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said investigators had a "high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed."

There was no immediate word on the identities of the victims, nor was there any explanation of a possible motive or cause of the blast. Investigators said they did not believe there was any additional threat to the community.

The explosion happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a downtown street and could be heard and felt across the city located about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Resident Carlos Perodin told The Morning Call newspaper that he was watching a movie with his wife when he heard a thunderous explosion and went to the scene.

"The fire was crazy," Perodin told the paper. "The car was pretty much split in half."

Another witness, Stephanie Connelly, said she saw body parts strewn across the street.

"This is real life and I'm shaking and freaking out while I'm running," she told The Morning Call.

A bus station was turned into a makeshift command center with armored vehicles, dozens of police cruisers, mobile command units and even portable bathrooms, the paper reported. Several portable tents were also erected for evidence processing.

Residents were asked to avoid the area, and people who live nearby were asked to shelter in place. A shelter was set up at an elementary school and authorities said it would remain open on Sunday night.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead on the investigation with the assistance of the FBI and local authorities. Officials have asked anyone with information about the case to call (888) ATF-BOMB (283-2662).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Interesting how one of the first things LEO are saying these days, is 'the victim was targeted" "it was an isolated incident' and so on.... not that I blame them for wanting to limit citizens panic, but how can they know this, if they don't even know who the victims were, and why?

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Interesting how one of the first things LEO are saying these days, is 'the victim was targeted" "it was an isolated incident' and so on.... not that I blame them for wanting to limit citizens panic, but how can they know this, if they don't even know who the victims were, and why?

Probably because of some additional information that supports the claim......
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Probably because of some additional information that supports the claim......
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A father and his young son were killed in a Pennsylvania car blast, coroner says

(CNN)A father and his young son were identified Monday as among the three victims of a car explosion over the weekend in Pennsylvania.

Jacob Schmoyer, 26, and his 2-year-old son, Jonathan, were killed in the explosion Saturday in Allentown, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim told reporters. Grim identified the third victim as 66-year-old David Hallman.

The three Allentown residents died from traumatic injuries caused by the explosion, Grim said.

Schmoyer and Hallman were friends, according to Don Robinson, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Philadelphia field office.

"We have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident," Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin told CNN affiliate WFMZ earlier.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by authorities including the ATF and FBI.

Allentown police arrived at the scene after getting 911 calls about the explosion around 9:30 p.m., police said.

Neighbors found pieces of the burning car and human remains on the street, WFMZ reported. The explosion felt like it rocked their homes, neighbors told the station.

Robinson said the explosion was an "isolated incident." There are no ongoing threats, according to authorities.

Robinson said authorities hope to finish processing the scene by Tuesday.
"We are making a lot of progress in both the scene and in the interview portions of this investigation," Robinson said.

Allentown is 63 miles north of Philadelphia.

CNN's Mimi Hsin Hsuan Sun and Deanna Hackney contributed to this report.
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Ummm...

The victim(s) and the perpetrator are dead...
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Ummm...

The victim(s) and the perpetrator are dead...
Very professional sounding statement
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So what we know now is the perp, a father and son were killed in the explosion and the perp and father knew each other.
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So what we know now is the perp, a father and son were killed in the explosion and the perp and father knew each other.
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