Personnel from Patton Volunteer Fire. Company search for survivors of a house explosion in Clearfield Township, Cambria County, Pa. State police, firefighters and the coroner were investigating after one person was killed and two were injured in the explosion outside a western Pennsylvania house.
A western Pennsylvania man who blew himself up in a truck outside a house and injured two people inside did it for "revenge" according to the Johnstown, Pa. Tribune-Democrat.
Police say 40-year-old Bradley Kollar of Hastings, Pa. skipped a court date Tuesday morning and instead loaded his truck with explosives and drove to the home of William Shaner in Clearfield Township. The massive 9 a.m. explosion was felt from miles away and left the site "looking like a war zone," including leveling the residence, according to the newspaper.
Shaner was in critical condition as of Tuesday night. A male teenager who was also in the home at the time of the blast was in unknown condition, according to the Altoona Mirror. Two other children were believed to have just left for school.
"I believe both of those victims were transported by ground EMS units to a local medical facility for treatment of the injuries they sustained," Trooper John Matchik told the Mirror. "We are treating this as a criminal investigation at this point."
The coroner ruled Kollar's death a suicide.
Sources told the Tribune-Democrat that Kollar thought Shaner had "snitched" on him and his father, 64-year-old John Kollar. Bradley Kollar had been due in court on charges of running a chop shop and a meth lab from his family's property, the newspaper reported.
A damaged garage and vehicles are adjacent to a house explosion in Clearfield Township, Cambria County, Pa. , Tuesday March 19, 2013. (AP)
Authorities have not released an official motive, according to the Mirror.
According to the Tribune-Democrat, bits of building material and paper were seen hundreds of yards from the scene hours after the blast, which was initially reported as a meth lab explosion.
'Everything is under investigation right now," Matchik told WTAJ-TV.