Suspicious Device Placed on Manhole Looked Like Pipe Bomb at McLean Blvd Near Kane St, South Elgin

South Elgin police responded about 7:20 p.m. Monday to McLean Boulevard near Kane Street north of Spring street Monday night as police and fire crews responded to a call about an object near a strip mall that resembled a pipe bomb.

The suspicious item was discovered to be a foot-long piece of PVC pipe painted black with both ends capped. The device was found on a manhole cover. An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent used a bomb-sniffing K-9, but the dog did not indicate that it sniffed explosives on the device.

The Kane County Bomb Squad used a water disruptor to destroy the device. Water disruptors use a water-projectile shaped charge to destroy bombs, which blasts the device apart and severs any detonating connections faster than any fuse or anti-tampering device on the bomb can react by explosion.

Police searched the area for other devices and canvassed the area as part of the investigation.



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