PATTON, Pa. —
A computer rending of the area prior to the explosion shows a house and two buildings, including a garage and a swimming pool. An aerial view after the blast shows a garage and a badly burned vehicle just off Kepshire Road and in the area where the house had been.
“We are treating this as a criminal investigation at this point,” Matchik said. “We want to make sure we conduct this investigation very methodically.”
Hours after the blast, debris such as building materials and paper was spotted hundreds of yards from the scene.
Tufts of fiberglass insulation, carried by Tuesday’s strong winds, dotted the neighboring fields and homeowners’ yards in all directions.
Matchik said Kepshire Road could continue to be closed today, although that was speculative, given the current state of the investigation.
Bradley Kollar and his father were taken into custody March 6, 2012, after a massive raid on a family-owned 47-acre property – the former Rich Mines site – located in Susquehanna and Elder townships.
Stolen equipment, including a front-end loader, was recovered.
Also found were what police described as materials possibly used in a meth lab and some explosive materials.
Court records list John Kollar’s address as Murphy Springs Road in Susquehanna Township.
Both men posted bail and were out of prison at the time.
Bradley Kollar’s mental status apparently had been a concern for authorities for some time.
Court records show that the district attorney’s office, after receiving reports that he was contemplating suicide and may have access to explosives, attempted unsuccessfully to have his bail revoked.
Details provided by The Johnstown, PA, Tribune Democrat.