Detonations heard after explosives found at Bucks County home

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Explosives found at Bucks Co. home: Gray Hall reports during Action News at noon on June 21, 2017. (WPVI)

Authorities remain on the scene in Bucks County after chemical explosives were discovered near a home in Ottsville, Pa.

Controlled detonations could be heard periodically through the night Tuesday and into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The situation unfolded Tuesday, after authorities arrived at the property in the 8700 block of Easton Road.

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Explosives investigation in Bucks County. Dann Cuellar reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on June 20, 2017.



They were there to serve a mental health commitment warrant on a 70-year-old man when they uncovered the chemical explosives and a large number of weapons and ammunition.

Bomb experts were called.

Chopper 6 HD was overhead as two explosive experts wearing gas masks carried out what were said to be explosive liquid chemicals.

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Explosives investigation in Bucks Co.: Katherine Scott reports during Action News at 5:30 a.m. on June 21, 2017.


They moved the chemicals far away to the back of the property. Officials also carried away various materials from a shed in the back of the property.

All of this occurred as Easton Road was shut down between Route 412 and Churchill Road and residents were told to shelter in place.

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Explosives found near Bucks County home. Monica Malpass reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on June 20, 2017.



"This is weird to come home. I mean, it's Ottsville, if you blink, you're through it, it's a small town," neighbor Drew Pacell said.

Earlier in the day, law enforcement officers carried out a slew of weapons and boxes of ammunition from the property.

"The chemical explosives is the one that's weird. Guns and ammo? It's Pennsylvania," Pacell said.

"We live out here, we hunt, fish, a bunch of rednecks, you know, but no explosives, that's pushing the limits, you know what I mean," neighbor Mike Davis said.

Some neighbors say they were told to shelter in place.

"My dad called me, he's part of the fire department, he told me that something was going on, to just stay inside, not go out," neighbor Joyce Dowd said.

"This is a little nerve-wracking, I don't know what is going on, but we need to get out of here," neighbor Jaime Fahey said.

It seemed nobody knows the 70-year-old man who lives in the home.

"People mostly keep to themselves around here," Davis said.



It's unclear if the 70-year-old will be charged with a crime.

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