Philadelphia authorities are currently searching for an African-American couple believed to be behind the explosion that occurred on Wednesday inside a beer distributor. According to the bomb squad, the suspect used quarter sticks, crude, yet highly effective exploding devices.
Quarter Sticks Are Easy to Make But Very Dangerous, Especially Indoors
On Wednesday, the owner of a beer distributor located on Allegheny Street dialed 911 to report an explosion. Law enforcement officers and a bomb squad cordoned the area several minutes later.
According to the incident report, one or more persons planted an improvised explosive device on the store’s ATM in an attempt to blast open the door’s safe.
A bomb squad technician at the scene declared that IED, known as a quarter stick, were ineffective at breaking open the safe’s door.
He said that the device only tore apart the front part of the machine, leaving the safe intact.
After reviewing the security camera footage, the authorities identified two possible suspects. According to the police, around 9:30 p.m., an African-American male could be seen entering the beer distributor.
He is followed by a woman who was later seen scoping the machine. Apparently, the man smuggled the bomb inside the store in his back pocket.
A couple of minutes later, the female places her hand in the man’s back pocket, retrieves the bomb, placing it on the ATM.
Before any of the store’s employees could react, the woman lit the IED’s fuse and ran out the front door. Seconds later, the device exploded, leaving a cloud of dust behind.
According to a Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson, the female who appeared on tape has been identified by the store’s owner and taken into custody. At the moment, the authorities are trying to discover the whereabouts of her male accomplice.
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