Chambersburg Police say the source of a loud explosion heard late Saturday night was caused by a home made mortar. Police received numerous reports on the explosion at about 11:28 pm in the area of Franklin and Millers Streets. Responding officers found remnants of a large PVC type pipe used to launched a mortar type round into the air. Parts of the exploded round were found on the roof of 337 West King Street.
Investigators say the untrained person who set off the device could have been severely injured or even killed. In addition falling debris could set the roofs of nearby homes and apartments on fire.
Anyone who may have witnessed or been involved in the incident is asked to call Chambersburg Police at (717) 264-4131 or Franklin County Crimes Solvers at (717) 263-3000.