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Feds investigating Centre Hall home explosion

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined state police and Centre County officials to investigate a Centre Hall home explosion.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined state police and Centre County officials to investigate a Centre Hall home explosion. jboogert@centredaily.com

Local officials began to work with the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on Thursday to determine the origination and cause of a Centre Hall home explosion.

Resident Agent in Charge John Oakey with the ATF’s Harrisburg field office said his agents joined state police and Centre County fire officials in the investigation. He said there was “extensive damage” inside the home at 411 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Two adults and an adolescent were in the home at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when the explosion occurred. They were each treated and released, according to Oakey.

Initial dispatch calls said there was a reported house fire, according to Centre County Fire Wire, which also said it was a possible propane explosion and that the building was evacuated “due to structural integrity.”

Oakey said the home is not habitable. He also said there is no existing danger to the public and that the house is cordoned off to preserve the scene.

The investigation could take days or months depending on what can be determined at the scene and through forensic analysis.

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