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June 15, 2018

Latest Bucks County explosion strikes lawnmower in Milford Township

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One of the first reported explosions in Upper Bucks County seems to have originated near Lonely Cottage Road in Nockamixon Township, according to one media report.

The ongoing mystery behind more than three dozen explosions in Upper Bucks County this spring reportedly took a scary turn on Thursday when a device detonated under a tractor-driven mower.

Local police departments, state police, FBI and ATF agents have been searching for answers in an unusual case that has kept residents on edge in towns such as Nockamixon, Quakertown and now Milford Township.

One resident told 6ABC that Thursday's incident occurred around 1 p.m. She was at home with her children when a massive boom rang out and knocked over a bookshelf.

Authorities later confirmed that the explosion occurred on Brick Tavern Road near Allentown Road in Milford Township. A worker cutting the grass tripped an explosive device with the blades of the mower, reportedly leaving a crater in the ground measuring about two feet wide and 2 1/2 inches deep. 

The tractor operator was not injured in the explosion.

State police could not provide any additional information about the investigation on Friday.

Late last month, Pennsylvania State Police Troop M said there had been more than 20 explosions in Upper Bucks and Lower Lehigh counties over the past two months. That number has since surpassed three dozen.

Investigators have said the explosions, which typically happen during the early morning hours between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., are the work of at least one person and not naturally occurring.

"Fortunately, to date, no one has been injured; however, we are attempting to prevent someone from accidentally getting injured by these explosions, including the individual responsible," Troop M said last month in a news release.

Anyone with information about the explosions is asked to call Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers at (800) 426-TIPS or Troop M's Dublin station at (215) 249-9191. Those who call state police should ask for Trooper Jordan Houck.