Bucks County DA: Explosives allegedly planted near Quakertown may still be live

People who find anything suspicious are asked to call 911.

Tim Jimenez
October 17, 2018 - 8:22 am
Map shows area of ongoing investigation into a series of explosions in Upper Bucks County.

Bucks County District Attorney's Office


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A warning for residents in the Quakertown area from authorities in Bucks County: Several devices, allegedly planted by a couple behind a series of explosions earlier this year, may still be out there. 

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, in an alert sent out Tuesday, says it is possible that undetonated devices remain in Upper Bucks County. But he says the message is "more of an FYI than an SOS."

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"We don't want people to be alarmed, but we want people to be cautious if they come across one of these things," Weintraub said. "The last thing that I want to have occur is for somebody to touch one of these things in ignorance. I'm hoping that there aren't any unexploded devices out there, but just in case there are, I want people to be informed so they can protect themselves."

David Surman Jr. and Tina May Smith are facing a long list of charges related to 30 reported explosions in the greater Quakertown area. Prosecutors say Surman owns a chemical company and, between April and June, planted several explosive devices — most of them within a few miles of his Quakertown home on North Old Bethlehem Pike. 

Surman was arrested in June and released on bail. However, during the course of the investigation, authorities say they found out Surman had been in possession of child pornography. He was arrested again earlier this month and is facing child pornography charges. He was released on bail for a second time. 

Smith was arrested last week. Prosecutors say she drove Surman around a few times during his bombing spree. She is also out on bail.

Investigators say there have been no reports of explosions in the area since Surman's initial arrest. Even though Surman and Smith are being prosecuted, several agencies, including Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI, haven't stopped working. 

"This investigation is very active," Weintraub said. "We hope that if there are unexploded bombs to recover then we will recover them and dispose of them safely."

Anyone who comes across a suspicious device is asked to call 911.