PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A powerful explosion rocks an apartment building in West Philadelphia. It happened around 11 p.m. at the Sheldrake Apartments on 49th and Spruce Streets.
Police say a 56-year-old man mixed gun powder and dynamite, causing the explosion.
Twenty people were evacuated and placed on a SEPTA bus to stay warm during the investigation.
A neighbor says he thought the loud noise came from a gas explosion.
“We go out and the cops are coming out here and dragging a guy out. I saw the blood in his face and his arm. I was asking the officer and he said he was making some time of explosion,” the neighbor explains.
“And that shocked me because we were expecting, like, to be a bomb. We were thinking it would be the gas,” the man adds.
The suspect is now being treated for minor injuries.
Residents have returned to their apartments.