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Bomb Squad Disposes of Suspected Pipe Bomb Found Along Route 25

Dec 17, 2015 01:22PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Photo provided by Rick Jacobsen


The Kane County Bomb Disposal Unit disposed of a suspected pipe bomb found by Illinois Department of Transportation workers on Route 25 near Boulder Hill Pass on Thursday morning.

Kendall County Deputy Michael Mrozek said IDOT workers found a PVC pipe with PVC caps on each end near the walking path on Route 25. Police responded to the report of a "suspicious item" shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators found trace amounts of gunpowder residue on the pipe, which was stuffed with pieces of plastic and paper, Mrozek said. 

"It doesn't appear it was done intentionally to harm anyone," according to Mrozek, who said no metal shrapnel was found inside the pipe.

"The item appeared to have been washed up out of the river or covered with brush for an extended period of time," Mrozek said. "It's been there for quite a while."

Oswegoland Park District workers were cutting down brush when they discovered the pipe, police said.

Mrozek said the bomb squad "rendered the suspicious item inert."

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the roadway and walking path had reopened.

The sheriff's department reminded residents to be aware of their surroundings and to contact police if they spot a suspicious item.
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