Second pipe bomb detonated in Caln, no injuries, no damage

The explosive devices found by Caln Police on Jan. 21.

CALN — A day before township police found an unexploded pipe bomb, apparently a similar device was detonated near a railroad underpass. No injuries or property damage were reported, but police are warning residents to be on the lookout for similar devices — and report them immediately and keep away from them.

On Jan. 22, a caller reported an explosion in the area of the railroad underpass, at S. Caln Road and Olive Street, which occurred on Monday, Jan. 20, around 3 PM, approximately 24 hours before a postal carrier located an undetonated pipe bomb at 14th Avenue and Olive Street. The caller reported it to police after reading news reports of the pipe bomb that was discovered on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Responding officers located a device near the railroad underpass that appears to have been detonated. No property damage in the area of the device was discernible. Both devices appear to be “homemade” and similar in size and construction. The locations are approximately½ mile apart. Today, officers were again on location and have expanded their search of the area.

Police strongly encourage residents “who see something, to say something”, and to immediately call 911 if they observe a suspicious device. Please do not attempt to handle the device and maintain an extra safe distance. Only trained bomb technicians should render an explosive device safe.

Investigators have not identified a motive or suspects, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Caln Township Police Department at 610-383-1821.

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