Caught on Video: Explosive Blows Apart Coke Machine Along Philly Street

Philadelphia Police are searching for the person responsible for planting the explosive

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Saturday, Jun 7, 2014  |  Updated 7:32 AM EDT
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Philadelphia Police are searching for the man who put a homemade bomb in a vending machine in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Police are searching for the man who put a homemade bomb in a vending machine in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.

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Police are searching for the person who caused this vending machine to explode in northeast Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia Police are searching for the person who blew up a soda machine outside a Mayfair plumbing business.

The device exploded around 10 p.m. on Thursday in front of a business along the 6600 block of Montague Street, Philadelphia Police said.

Police say surveillance video from the store captured a young man getting out of a car and placing an object into the Coke machine's dispensing bin. He then got back into the car and drove away. Minutes later the machine blew open.

The explosion was so extreme, police say, parts flew 100 feet away and windows from the business were blown out.

"It was a really loud, loud, obnoxious boom. And the flash of light," said neighbor Michelle Rodriguez.

Officials said the blast caused thousands of dollars in damage, but no one was hurt.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said investigators believe the device was homemade. They're concerned the man may have bomb making knowledge and could strike again.

"This is not vandalism. This is the detonation of a dangerous explosive device," Sullivan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS.

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