Police Discover Van Filled With Explosives In Philadelphia Riots

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On Wednesday night, a bomb squad in Philadelphia is investigating a vehicle that was discovered containing explosives and other dangerous items, which comes during another night of protests over the police shooting of an armed black man, Walter Wallace Jr.

“An investigation is underway in Philadelphia after police find explosives and other suspicious cargo inside a van at Logan Circle on Wednesday night.” Action News reported. “Action News has learned that police recovered propane tanks, torches and possible dynamite sticks from the van.”

“The bomb squad is investigating. There is no immediate word on who owns the van or if anyone has been arrested.” The report continued. “The discovery comes as the city remains on heightened alert following nights of unrest stemming from the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.”

Over 30 police officers were injured by the violent protests on Monday night alone, including police officers run over by protestors in a truck. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney attacked the looters and rioters on Twitter.

“The looting that has taken place is distressing, and it is clear that many of these folks are taking advantage of the situation, harming our businesses and communities, and doing a great disservice to those who want to protest the death of Walter Wallace, Jr.,” Kenney said. “We cannot allow others to destroy property. I have requested the assistance of the PA National Guard. Their role will be to safeguard property, prevent looting, and provide operational and logistical assistance to @PhillyPolice and other departments.”