500 LBS of Commercial Fireworks Explosives Stolen from CSX Freight Train


The ATF is investigating the theft of more than 500 pounds of explosives from a CSX train. Officials said the train made stops in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports for CBSN.

When a freight car on a train of about 100 boxcars arrived in Detroit, the freight car was half empty. Investigators Friday were still trying to assess how much explosives were actually stolen. About 32 cases of commercial grade explosives are believed to be missing.

CSX is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in investigating the apparent theft of a quantity of commercial fireworks from a CSX freight train on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. CSX reported the theft as soon as it was discovered, upon the train’s arrival in Detroit. The train originated in Chicago.

ATF has asked anyone who may have information about these stolen fireworks to call 313-202-3400. Safety is CSX’s highest priority, and CSX is committed to continuing to work with ATF in its investigation of this incident.

— CSX statement

Train stops with opportunities for theft occurred in Ohio (unknown city), Chicago, and Detroit, Michigan

ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives) is leading the investigation. Law enforcement has set up a tip line at 313-202-3400.

The fireworks are considered very dangerous and not meant for public use — only professional handling. The cases contained 2½-inch to 5-inch aerial fireworks.

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