Reward offered in Sugar Grove blast

July 22, 2009 3:41:54 PM PDT
A reward of up to $7,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the bombing of a railroad switching shed earlier this year in west suburban Sugar Grove.The blast took place in the early morning hours of May 12 in a concrete bungalow building near Sugar Grove, according to a release from the FBI. The building contained electronic components that controlled rail switches for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad's Aurora line.

The explosion was discovered when a BNSF dispatcher received a switch malfunction alarm. When employees investigated, they determined the building housing the controls had been severely damaged by an explosion.

Subsequent investigation by the BNSF police and the Kane County Sheriff's office determined the damage was caused by an explosive device, believed to be a pipe bomb, which was apparently dropped into the building through a roof top vent.

The blast caused a major disruption of rail traffic for several hours to the BNSF Aurora line, which carries both freight traffic and Amtrak passenger trains, the release said. No injuries were reported as a result of the blast.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or the BNSF tip line at (800) 832-5452.


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