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Fireworks wake area residents

Source of loud explosions unknown

KULPMONT — Residents of the borough and Mount Carmel Township expressed outrage over loud explosions thought to be M80s that were set off in the wee-hours of Tuesday morning.

Numerous residents posted on Facebook that they were awoken around 1 and 3 a.m. by the noise. The booms were heard as far away as Ranshaw.

The source of the noise is unknown, but those posting on Facebook believe it originated north of Kulpmont in the woods near Poplar Street or the culm bank toward Marion Heights.

State police at Stonington did not have a news release as of Tuesday afternoon, and it was unclear if troopers were dispatched to investigate. Coal Township Cpl. Terry Ketchem and Mount Carmel Township Chief Brian Hollenbush were not aware of their departments receiving any 911 calls concerning noise complaints.

“I heard them during the day, yesterday. It sounded like two M80s,” Hollenbush said Tuesday. “I am not sure where it is coming from.”