22 July 2004: Dynamite found in Allentown, PA, under bridge, closing streets, snarling traffic. The discovery of a case of dynamite Wednesday, July 21, in a scrap yard next to the Seventh Street bridge in Allentown, PA, paralyzed rush?hour traffic, forced the evacuation of about 70 residents and, with heightened terrorism awareness, immediately led local authorities to alert federal agents.
Residents were allowed back into their homes and traffic patterns were restored less than six hours after the initial call. The Allentown Fire Department’s bomb squad doused at least 60 sticks of dynamite with diesel fuel to neutralize them, then burned them to avoid an explosion. The investigation is ongoing and includes officials from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).