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Van full of explosives found in Philadelphia following week of social unrest

   Friday October 30, 2020 - 12:38 AM
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Van full of explosives found in Philadelphia following week of social unrest
The city of Philadelphia is on high alert Thursday after authorities discovered a van filled with explosives and other suspicious cargo ? including propane tanks, torches and possibly sticks of dynamite ? on Wednesday night following two nights of protests and unrest after the shooting death of a Black man by police in West Philadelphia on Monday afternoon, according to ABC News? Phildaelphia station WPVI.

It is unclear how authorities came to be aware of the vehicle containing the explosives or who the owner or operator of the vehicle is but the bomb squad is on the scene and investigating.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced in a virtual press conference on Wednesday night that an undetermined number of Pennsylvania National Guard troops will begin arriving in Philadelphia on Friday to assist police.

"I have requested the assistance of the Pennsylvania National Guard,? said Kenney. ?Their role, first and foremost, will be to safeguard property and prevent looting. They will also provide assistance for our police department and other operational departments as needed.?

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw also addressed the public in the virtual press conference and discussed the latest on the investigation into the shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr., the use of police force and the recent unrest in the city.

"As I said yesterday, this investigation has many moving parts and we are working hard to ensure that ...

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