Thursday, April 13, 2023

Brush Fire Leads to Finding of Homemade Bomb in Tamaqua

Police in Tamaqua are investigating an incident after a fire call led to the finding of a homemade bomb.

According to Tamaqua Police, on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, around 9:50pm, the Tamaqua Borough Police Department and Tamaqua Fire Departments were dispatched to a brush fire at the top of the Dutch Hill section of town near the area of Clark Street and Biddle Street. 

Around 10:15pm, police were advised by fire chief from Station 4 South Ward Fire Company while clearing the brush fire he found what appeared to be a homemade bomb. Also on scene was the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Fire Forester who advised that he already sent a dispatched for State Police Bomb Squad.

Around 11:00pm, a federal agent from the FBI Bomb Squad and Corporal with Allentown State Police Bomb Squad arrived on scene. The area was cleared and around midnight, a successful controlled detonation of the bomb was initiated, no one was injured.

Tamaqua Police Department along with DCNR and any requested assistance from the FBI and State Police are continuing and investigation into the incident. Any information please contact the Tamaqua Police Department (570) 668-6100.