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‘Big firecracker’ sparks investigation

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 5:03 p.m. CDT

Responding to a call of a possible explosion, Morris police discovered a “live homemade explosive device” in an alley on Chapin Street Sunday.

Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said it appeared to be a homemade firecracker.

The Morris Fire Department and Cook County Bomb Squad disarmed the device.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a call from a resident who heard what appeared to be an explosion.

Upon investigating, they found the live device, which was a cardboard tube standing upright with a fuse coming out of one end, Dite said.

“The look of it is that it was a big firecracker,” Dite said. “It’s typically something you’d find somebody made for their enjoyment.”

No injuries were reported in the apparent first explosion.

“[Officers] collected evidence at the scene and are currently investigating,” Dite said, adding that it appears to be an isolated incident.

With Independence Day — when fireworks are commonly used — approaching, Dite cautioned residents to be safe, and to especially avoid homemade fireworks.

“[Fireworks] are very dangerous if used improperly,” Dite said. “Homemade devices are very unreliable and can be very unsafe.”

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