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Mysterious explosions: Grass-trimming crew triggers blast in Milford Township

Daytime blast has neighbors on edge

MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Another mysterious explosion rocked Bucks County Thursday, but this one came during the day.

It's the latest in a series of dozens of blasts around upper Bucks County in the past few months, but up until Thursday, they had all been overnight or in the early morning hours.

FBI and ATF investigators were still in the area of Brick Tavern Road near Allentown Road in Milford Township Friday looking into the most recent blast.

A township road crew was driving a tractor with an arm to reach out and cut the grass along the road Thursday afternoon, when the blades triggered an explosion, according to township officials.

Because of the type of machine, the driver was not injured in the blast.

Regardless, the daytime explosion has neighbors on edge.

"I was mowing my lawn last night, then before I went to bed I checked my 69 News app and saw that it was a ground contact that caused the explosion and I'm thinking 'geez it would've been nice to know that,'" said neighbor Bob Forney.

He and his wife Barbara had just returned from a trip when he decided to mow his lawn less than a half mile from where the blast went off.

"Something like this, this is a 50-year-old mower, I could've been 10 feet in the air," Bob said.

Neighbors say at first the blasts went off like clockwork, every day around 4 a.m., sometimes just one but often times two. Now they've been more unpredictable, and more concerning.

Local police departments, state police, the FBI and the ATF have all been investigating the mysterious blasts.


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