The Chicago Police Department is investigating a homemade bomb that was left at North Lincoln and South Kedzie Avenues in Chicago. The suspected incendiary device was in a cardboard box. The police were dispatched about 8:30 a.m. CDT, on July 28, 2016.
According to reports, an African-American male driving a silver GMC truck may be a person of interest. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and red shorts.
Numerous agency vehicles had been dispatched to the location. Traffic in the area was diverted. The Cook County Sheriff Department’s Bomb Squad was also dispatched to the scene.
As of this morning, police have asked people to avoid the Lincoln and Kedzie area until the they indicate it is safe to resume traveling in the community.
UPDATE: Channel 5, an NBC affiliate reported the suspicious package was discovered, and the police were dispatched to investigate. There was an office building evacuated due to its proximity to the package.
According to “Chicago Sun-Times,” the police cleared the package as safe by 11:20 a.m., and the roads that were previously closed were reopened shortly after.
The story is ongoing, and updates will be provided as they become available.
Written by Jarvis Phillips
Contributor Cathy Milne
Chicago Police Department: Police Scanner
NBC News: Building Evacuated on Chicago’s North Side Due to Suspicious Package
Chicago Sun-Times: Roads reopen after suspicious package found in West Rogers Park
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