Car Explosion Rocks Saucon Valley, Residents Evacuated, Investigation Under Way

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Note: This story has been updated with additional information. UPDATES: Residents of the evacuated area were able to return to their homes before 4 a.m. Monday according to borough police, who say an investigation by the FBI, ATF and Bethlehem Bomb Squad determined the explosion was caused by an accidental “free-air fuel explosion” inside the vehicle that blew apart. As of 11:50 p.m. the bomb squad had not yet cleared the scene, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp said. Evacuations will remain in place until the bomb squad determines it is safe for residents to return to their homes. As of 10:20 p.m., the Bethlehem Bomb Squad was heading to Hellertown to assist with the investigation into what caused the concussion, and residents who live between E. Clarke Street and Wilson Avenue in the area of the incident were being evacuated.