CBS Philly is reporting that FBI agents have joined Philadelphia police in investigating an explosion on a bridge passing over the Amtrak train tracks in the city’s Brewerytown neighborhood. Authorities have determined that the blast was not due to an exploding transformer, as originally suspected.

Mayor Michael Nutter’s press secretary has tweeted that two persons of interest have been hospitalized following the blast, which left a 2-foot crater. Philly.com reports:

“The bomb squad was called and determined that … there was an explosion of some kind creating a roughly two-foot deep crater,” Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald said. “Police radio learned there were two males that were picked up by EMS in the area of the bridge and taken to Saint Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries, scraps and cuts, injuries that possibly you might see with an explosion.”

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Update: Philadelphia police now say the explosion was a freak accident.

  • http://twitter.com/who_me_too RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

    and it begins…………. again.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Does anyone really NEED an explosive that will make a 2 ft deep crater? I don’t want to ban explosives completely, but people should really only have small explos….what? They’re Illegal? Already??

    Never mind.

    • peteee363

      were they assault explosives? did they have millitary style grips, or were they of a capacity that would make them explode over and over again?

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Oh, Phil, think of the children! Diesel fuel just shouldn’t be available in anything more than 1 gallon containers!

  • Frank Drebin

    Rosemary Connors explains The Big Bang Theory, 11pm NBC

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    “There was a thermic event and what I mean by that is icicles formed as a result of the moisture that we’ve had. The icicles came in contact with high-powered lines from the Amtrak that were running under the bridge and that caused an explosion,” Sullivan went onto explain, “There was a pressure wave that came up through the bridge. It created a debris field, all the indications of an explosive device having detonated until we found that there was zero indication of a presence of explosives.”

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/02/01/explosion-on-bridge-in-north-philadelphia-caused-by-thermic-event/

    But even if this is true, can we really take chances with children’s lives?

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Srsly, this looks like a non-story at this point.

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      ban trains.

      not like we will have electricity to power them now anyways lol

    • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

      ban trains.

      not like we will have electricity to power them now anyways lol

  • Right Wired

    That’s it! I have had enough. Time to ban matches.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      And highschool chemistry.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      And highschool chemistry.