Overnight explosions at ATMs shake North Philly neighbors

Hadas Kuznits
June 03, 2020 - 8:40 am
Brewerytown residents Lorette Willis and Marc Rademaker heard explosions overnight as looters tried to blow up ATMs.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the second night in a row, thieves targeted ATM terminals in the city for cash, unnerving some North Philadelphia residents with a series of loud explosions. 

Brewerytown resident Marc Rademaker said he heard at least 10 loud booms on Tuesday night. He said kids trying to blow up ATMs is becoming a problem in the neighborhood. 

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One of those ATMs is located right outside Lorette Willis' house. She said an explosion blew out one of her windows.

"They came down here and they blew out the window," she said. "I was like: 'Oh, my God!' It was just crazy."

Roger Powe, a neighborhood cafe owner, said the explosions are powerful, and that makes them dangerous. 

He said he has a suspicions about why they're happening.

"You know we're in the summer time. There's not a lot of people working. People don't have jobs, no camps and so — what they say: 'Idle hands are the devil's workshop.'"