Philadelphia police made a strange discovery on Monday.
While conducting a search at the abandoned house police were shocked to find 154 one-gallon jugs of gas inside.
The discovery was found as gas prices in the city of Philadelphia are sitting at $4.46 a gallon.
Philadelphia’s fire department removed the jugs of gasoline and is still figuring out if any violations were violated.
After a quick investigation, the police were able to determine that the owner of the house was actually the one behind storing a large amount of gas in the house but as of now his motive was unclear.
WEST PHILLY HAZMAT: @PhillyPolice say they found 154 plastic one-gallon milk jugs full of gasoline inside a vacant home on 59th street. Hear what they think it may have been used for coming up on @CBSPhilly at 530, 6, and 630am #Philadelphia #Philly pic.twitter.com/YO3WatT3RQ
— Ross DiMattei CBS Philadelphia (@RossDiMattei) August 2, 2022
Fox News chipped in with these details:
Police in Philadelphia say they have uncovered 154 one-gallon jugs of gasoline inside an abandoned home in the northern part of the city.
The discovery Monday comes as average gas prices are currently hovering around $4.460 a gallon in Pennsylvania, according to AAA.
“That’s scary, especially considering I got kids. It is scary. Very scary. I didn’t even know until they opened the door,” one neighbor told Fox29 Philadelphia.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, the Philadelphia Police Department said “it was discovered in the living room floor, 154 one-gallon containers containing gasoline.
“License and Inspections along with the Fire Department were removing the containers and determining any code violations,” police added.
Investigators spoke to a person of interest who later was released.
That individual was identified by Fox29 Philadelphia as the 37-year-old property owner.
The story gets even more bizarre…
After the fire department removed the gas jugs, the house caught on fire.
Fire breaks out at Philadelphia home where 154 jugs of gasoline were found https://t.co/iGx6h5wd8S
— Katie Katro (@KatieKatro6abc) August 2, 2022
ABC 6 News had more on the story:
The site of an unusual and dangerous discovery in West Philadelphia has been decimated by fire less than 12 hours after the initial investigation began.
More than 150 jugs of gasoline were found in the vacant home on the 100 block of 59th Street near Arch Street around 8 p.m. Monday.
At 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, the home was on fire.
Chopper 6 over the scene showed smoke coming from the home. Several firefighters could be seen battling the fire on the roof.
Photos taken earlier from the scene showed flames shooting from the front of the house.
The fire was placed under control just after 10:30 a.m.
Officials said no one was inside at the time and there was no word on the cause of the fire.