Woman Dies In Dunmore Home Explosion

DUNMORE, PA — An 86-year-old Dunmore woman died instantly Thursday morning when her home exploded and collapsed following a water main break and natural gas leak on Smith Street, state police fire marshals said.

Madlyn M. Mecca, 413 Smith St., was leaving her home shortly before 4 a.m. because police and firefighters evacuated the area, due to a heavy odor of natural gas. A neighbor, whom state police did not identify, was moments away from picking up Mrs. Mecca. Mrs. Mecca waited on her front porch for her neighbor, but natural gas had seeped into her home and some ignition source had turned on, sparking a fire and an explosion, state police said. Mrs. Mecca was killed immediately.

“She was out,” said her cousin and neighbor, Carmel Verrastro Biko. “Originally, she was out … we don’t know if she went back in the house or if she was just out there waiting for him to come.”

The fire was ruled accidental, state police said. It’s not clear what ignited the explosion, but any number of appliances could have been the culprit. A furnace, a water heater, pilot lights or any electrical appliance turning on could have done it.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/woman-dies-in-dunmore-home-explosion-1.1798053

Police: Meth Lab Exploded In Nanticoke

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An explosion caused by residents cooking methamphetamine shook a Nanticoke apartment complex on Saturday, police said.

At approximately 8 p.m., the Nanticoke police and fire departments responded to a call at an apartment building on Lee Mine Street, where they discovered at least six apartments affected by the explosion.

The blast was so forceful that two doors within the apartment were blown off the hinges, police said.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/police-meth-lab-exploded-in-nanticoke-1.1777749

Mobile Meth Lab Explodes In Kingston Twp.

English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania h...

English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania highlighting Kingston Township (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KINGSTON TWP. – Three people were injured Thursday after a mobile methamphetamine lab “blew up,” spraying lighter fluid and Draino on the occupants of a moving vehicle, according to police.

Two occupants of the vehicle and a good Samaritan who tried to help them were injured after the one-pot meth lab – which uses a plastic bottle to mix ingredients – exploded in the 700 block of Carverton Road about 10:20 a.m., police said.

Police were called to the area to a report of a vehicle fire and arrived to find a black Chevrolet Equinox in the road with smoke billowing from the passenger’s side front window, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in court.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/mobile-meth-lab-explodes-in-kingston-twp-1.1582116

Road Repairs Could Take At Least Two Months After Tanker Fire On Interstate 81

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Damage from a fuel tanker explosion near the interchange of Interstate 81 and Route 22/322 will cost tens of millions and shut down a small section of road for two months or more, state officials said Thursday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday morning, a fuel tanker exploded and rolled over on the highway, causing what Gov. Tom Corbett believes is the worst damage to a Pennsylvania highway since a tire fire off I-95 near Philadelphia in 1996.

Both directions of I-81 from Route 581 in Cumberland County to I-81/83 split in Dauphin County are closed.  Officials said they expect it to reopen in time for the Monday morning commute.

The ramp from northbound I-81 to westbound Route 22/322 remains closed.  Eastbound Route 22 through the interchange toward the City of Harrisburg remains closed.

Read more and see pictures:   http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/05/harrisburg_bridges_shut_throug.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Steven Tyler Calls Allentown Explosion Victim

Musician Steven Tyler
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Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge, Steven Tyler took time out of his busy day call Patty Grabowski after receiving a letter from her.  Steven spent an hour on the phone with Patty as they talked about rebounding from tragedy and adversity.

Patty and her family lost everything when their home was leveled by a gas main blast and fire in Allentown on February 9th.  Five of Patty’s neighbors perished as a result of the tragedy.  Fortunately, Patty, her parents and their cat Tally all survived.  Unfortunately, everything was lost, even her wedding dress.  Patty is getting married in June.

After the inspiring phone call, Patty received an autographed picture of Steven Tyler the next day.  The message was “I’m singing to u.”

What a great thing to do for a fan!  Patty’s cat Tally is named after Steven Tyler, who real last name is Tallarico.  Mr. Tyler is a class act.