Philadelphia police: 154 one-gallon jugs of gasoline found in abandoned home

West Philadelphia discovery forces temporary evacuations

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Police in Philadelphia say they have uncovered 154 one-gallon jugs of gasoline inside an abandoned home in the western 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. 

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The street in Philadelphia where the gasoline was found inside a home, according to Fox29 Philadelphia. 

The street in Philadelphia where the gasoline was found inside a home, according to Fox29 Philadelphia.  (Google Maps)

"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. 

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That individual was identified by Fox29 Philadelphia as the 37-year-old property owner. 

The Philadelphia Police Department tells Fox News Digital a motive has not yet been established as to why so much gasoline was found inside the home.

The Philadelphia Police Department tells Fox News Digital a motive has not yet been established as to why so much gasoline was found inside the home. (iStock)

Police initially were called to the scene over complaints about a strong odor of gas and neighbors were temporarily evacuated from their homes, the station adds. 

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The abandoned home where the gasoline was found had caught fire back in March, the station also reported. 

Police tell Fox News Digital a motive has not yet been determined and no arrests have been made.