Police looking for those behind fake torpedo

    Long metal object found at a construction site was determined not to have any explosives inside.

    A fake torpedo was found buried at a construction site in Northeast Philadelphia. Police would like to know who put it at the Conrail construction site.

    Photo from Philadelphia Police Department

    Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan of the Counter-terrorism Unit says police received a call that there was a suspicious item at Richmond and Cumberland Streets. Inspector Sullivan says police found an object that appeared to be a torpedo so the bomb squad was called in. After x-raying the object, Sullivan says the officers determined there were no explosives inside.

    “It could have been fabricated by a person who had some experience with metal works there is no indication that it was actually a torpedo. I would say more than likely it was not due to the way which it was constructed was that all the parts were welded together rather than screwed so it would be difficult to place internal parts inside of that.”

    Conrail workers had to use a crane to put the object on a truck to take it to a scrap yard.

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