Police: Pa. man dies after attempting to blow up ATM; several ATMs destroyed overnight

More than a dozen ATMs blew up in different locations all over the city

The State

PHILADELPHIA — Police are investigating a series of ATM explosions after several loud booms were heard throughout Philadelphia overnight. In all, police say vandals tried to blow up 10 ATMs, and a botched attempt left one person dead Tuesday morning.

The bomb squad had been called to the area of West Susquehanna Avenue and North 2nd Street in Kensington around 6 a.m. after an ATM explosion rocked the neighborhood.

Police say a 24-year-old man tried using an explosive device to blow up the ATM by Sidekicks Sports Bar, but when the device went off, he was thrown to the ground with serious injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and died.

Police say the explosive device never penetrated the ATM’s safe. Live explosives were recovered at the scene.

Two ATMs at 61st Street and Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philly also look like they were blown up. A butcher from a shop there says before the explosions, the shop was looted overnight and the safe and cash registers were stolen.

But the owner of the store was taken into custody.

“They were out here. It was mobs of people out here and they got into pretty much every store: the Dunkin’ Donuts, the jewelry store, the Metro. It was a complete madhouse out here,” said the butcher. “I was in shock and I’m going on 53 so I’ve seen a lot, but nothing like that.”

Police say vandals are quickly moving from one crime scene to another, making it difficult for police to keep up with them.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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