Two Chicago schools evacuated as suspicious package found

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Officials from the Chicago, Illinois bomb squad and arson squad were earlier investigating a suspicious package found near two Chicago schools which forced their evacuation. It was later determined that the package was dynamite and the bomb and arson unit carried out a successful controlled detonation and issued the all clear at 3:45 p.m. local time.

According to ABC7 news volunteers cleaning up a lot behind the Randolph School discovered a package that they believe to be dynamite. According to Chicago Breaking News a package was found near railway lines in the West Englewood neighbourhood of Chicago. It was later determined to be a pack of commercial grade explosives which were dumped near to the lines. As a precaution the Randolph School and the South Side Occupational Academy high school were evacuated.

The bomb and arson unit later detonated the package and issued the all clear at around 3:45 p.m. local time, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The police are still trying to determine how the explosives reached the area.