International Training Conference & Expo
Case Study – Allentown Vehicle Explosion
Monday, April 11, 2022 (10:00am – 12:00pm) (Ballroom 1)
Bomb Technicians, Certified Explosives Experts, and Forensic Chemists from the ATF will provide a case study of the fatal vehicle bombing which occurred in Allentown, PA in September 2018. The presenters will provide first-hand accounts of the extensive post-blast scene examination, investigation, and “lessons learned” from the case. This presentation is geared toward fire and post blast scene investigators who may encounter this type of scene during their official duties.
Special Agent (SA) SarahJane Serafino has been with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since 2007, assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division, with 6 years investigative experience in the area of arson and explosives, to include a 4 years assignment with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). SA Serafino has been an ATF Certified Explosives Specialist (CES) for 6 years and has participated in numerous disposal operations of energetic materials as well as incendiary/explosives type incidents/investigations. SA Serafino participates as an Assistant Instructor in ATF’s explosives programs located at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) in Huntsville, AL, assists with the ATF International Law Enforcement Association’s (ILEA) post blast courses and is a member of ATF’s National Response Team (NRT), a team comprised of veteran special agents with post blast and origin-and-cause expertise that assist Federal, State and Local investigators with significant arson and explosive incidents around the country. SA Serafino is also a graduate (2017) of the Police Explosives Technicians & Radiography Program at the Canadian Police College (CPC) in Ottawa, Ontario, where she received a certification as a bomb technician. SA Serafino has been a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) for 6 years. Additionally, SA Serafino has received a Master of Forensic Science Advanced Investigation from the University of New Haven and a Master of Explosives Technology from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Forensic Chemist Meghan Kane has been with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF) since 2008. She performs laboratory examinations of explosives and explosives-related evidence. Additionally, she is a member of ATF’s National Response Team (NRT) and is an instructor for various courses, primarily related to homemade explosives (HME) and post-blast investigations.