This morning at approximately 8:00 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 2100 Block of S. Neil St., after receiving report of a suspicious object at a private organization.
According to reports, shortly after entering the property, staff identified a broken side window, and discovered what appeared to be a potential bomb on the inside window seal.
Emergency personnel were immediately notified and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, with bomb technicians from Champaign Police and University of Illinois Police Department, was dispatched. Upon arrival, EOD determined that the said object was suspicious. The object was safely removed from the building and police further collected evidence from the scene for investigation. No injuries were reported.
Per Department procedure, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were contacted and responded to the scene. Champaign Police, along with the ATF and FBI, will continue to investigate this case.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Champaign Police Investigations Division at 217-403-6900.
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