ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A car exploded on a downtown street in what authorities called a â€ścriminal incident,â€ť leaving three people dead and leading to a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents and an investigation by federal, state and local authorities.
The blast in Allentown that occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday left three males dead, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Sunday afternoon. Autopsies were planned Monday, and Grim said the names of the males would be released once their identities are confirmed and their families are notified.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading the investigation along with the FBI, state police, and city and county authorities. Officials said the blast was believed to have been an isolated incident with no ongoing threat to the public.