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Car Explosion In Uniontown Under Investigation

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UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — The debris from a car explosion near Pershing Court in Uniontown remains.

Part of the car’s molding is by a fence and dark shadow where the body of the car burned on Liberty Street just after 2 a.m. Wednesday still litter the area.

Investigators say the roof of the car ended up 250 feet away.

Neighbors were awakened by the sound of the explosion, but most had no idea what it was until they saw news accounts Thursday.

Many were afraid to be interviewed on audio or video but did say, “I heard a loud boom. I thought maybe it was a firecracker or something. Then I hear today it was a car. That’s scary.”

And another said, “It was pretty loud. I have kids. I try to keep them away from anything involving drugs. But that was close to home.”

Police say they’ve traced ownership of the car to a Lemont Furnace man who told investigators his daughter loaned the car to an unidentified man in exchange for drugs.

Nobody was injured and police have not identified those involved while they continue to investigate, but this latest incident sparked a debate in town about how to attack the drug war.

“I think the police should bust the crack houses and the dealers and everything instead of watching them for six months and let it go on and on,” Jeff Wilfong said.

Anyone with information about the case should call Uniontown Police.

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