Allentown police and fire officials are investigating the death of a man whose home contained chemicals that prompted response from the city’s hazardous materials team and bomb squad.
Benjamin Boehm, 39, was pronounced dead in his home at 1:30 a.m. Monday by Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause and manner of death.
Fire department Capt. John Christopher said firefighters were called to Boehm’s home on the 1600 block of East Cedar Street on Sunday night after police found packages with labels indicating they contained hazardous materials. The packages contained horticulture materials for raising exotic plants, he said.
After fire officials declared it was safe, police returned to the home, he said.
Christopher was unsure of the time of the initial call for the department’s response, as well as when officials left the home.
The Morning Call has reached out to police for details.
This story will be updated.
Morning Call reporter Molly Bilinski can be reached at [email protected].
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