Pittsburgh Police Investigate Portable Toilet Explosion

This is the second time in a month that an explosive device went off in a porta-potty in Pittsburgh.
Chris Young

An explosive device has gone off in a portable toilet for the second time in two weeks, CBSN Pittsburgh reports, leading the local police to investigate a possible connection.

The latest incident occurred near a construction site in the 900 block of Itin Street on the North Side of Pittsburgh and is being investigated by Pittsburgh Police, who brought snigger dogs to the scene.

According to the police, they received a call around 7 a.m. and the incident happened sometime in the night.


An explosive device and a porta-potty

"When they got on scene they had discovered that the porta John had evidence of an explosive device that went off inside of the porta John," Public Safety Assistant Spokesperson Maurice Matthews told CBSN Pittsburgh.

A construction worker at the site says they found the portable toilet destroyed when they came to work in the morning. Amongst the police units that responded to the call were the K9 unit, the Explosives unit, and the Crime Scene unit.

"We got pretty blessed and pretty lucky that no one was injured," Matthews said at the scene.

Currently no suspects

Though, thankfully, no one was injured, the police are investigating for a possible connection with another portable toilet explosion incident that occurred last month. 

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"That’s part of the investigation — to piece it all together and try to see if everything matches up. It’s still early to tell," Matthews said. 

In the past month, CBSN Pittsburgh has reported on another blown-up portable toilet in Lawrenceville. The news channel says it has reported on three similar incidents around the city. Currently, there is thought to be no suspect on the police's radar. 

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