Police found propane tanks, torches and what appeared to be sticks of dynamite in a Philly van last night. Witnesses stated they saw a man running away from the vehicle, but it is unclear if that person has been arrested as yet. No one was in the van when police approahed it. The name of the van’s owner has not been released. The van was likely part of the continuing attempts to blow up ATM machines.
The city imposed a curfew on Tuesday. So far at least 200 businesses have been impacted by the riots and looting, with business owners pleading with rioters not to steal from them again. Wednesday night was relatively calm compared to the chaos of Monday and Tuesday, according to the Epoch Times.
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The photo on this tweet shows the incident near the Natural Science Museum, but witnesses said it was parked closer to an ATM on the street. It is possible that under cover of the riot, robbers planned to blow up an ATM machine, as has occurred in other places during the riots. In Philadelphia, ATMs have been a particular target of thieves.
Back in June, it was reported by Fox that at least 50 ATMS were blown up in Philadelphia after the George Floyd riots.
According to ABC6, at least 10 ATMS were destroyed in the rioting between Monday and Tuesday. The Philly van was likely part of the effort to blow up the ATM machines.
The ABC6 article reads in part,
Police said officers responded to the 600 block of Wendover Street, in Philadelphia’s Manayunk section, at about 11:50 p.m. Monday after an ATM exploded at Dalessandro’s Steaks.
“The loud boom woke me up,” said area resident Kristen Mckernan.
It was not clear if any cash was taken, but the machine was damaged.
Another call came in at about 1:05 a.m. in reference to an explosion in the 4200 block of Baltimore Avenue.
When officers arrived, they found an ATM had exploded in front of Royal Pizza. No one was injured.
At 2:35 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call for an explosion at the Fresh Grocer in the 5600 block of Chestnut Street.
Police said when officers arrived, they found another ATM had exploded. There were no injuries reported.
The chain now removing all ATMs from their stores in the Philadelphia area.
A spokesperson with the ATF said the devices they found were homemade and unregulated “M-Type” explosives, similar to firecrackers. The same devices have been used in several ATM explosions and thefts throughout the city.
Philadelphia police are currently questioning two people associated with the van but no charges have been filed.
No injuries were reported.
Featured photo: screenshot via ABC6 of an ATM damaged during the riots on Tuesday.
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