ATF: Possible Explosive on Roof of Chicago Elementary School Was a 'Pyrotechnic Type of Firework' - NBC Chicago

ATF: Possible Explosive on Roof of Chicago Elementary School Was a 'Pyrotechnic Type of Firework'

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    ATF: 'Pyrotechnic Type of Firework' Found on School's Roof

    The Chicago Police Bomb and Arson unit and officials from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said a "pyrotechnic type of firework" prompted an investigation at an elementary school on Chicago's South Side Wednesday. Ash-har Quraishi reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016)

    The Chicago Police Bomb and Arson unit and officials from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said a "pyrotechnic type of firework" prompted an hours-long investigation at an elementary school on Chicago's South Side Wednesday.

    Just before 10 a.m., school officials discovered a hole in the roof of the Columbia Explorers Elementary Academy at 4520 S. Kedzie.

    Children were moved from the school to an adjacent building as a precaution, according to police. 

    Authorities believed the incident happened Tuesday night and damage was discovered Wednesday morning.

    Officials initially said the damage may have been caused by fireworks, but Tom Ahern with the ATF later said both the ATF and CPD Bomb and Arson Unit were at the scene investigating a possible explosive device on the school's roof. 

    Just before 4 p.m., authorities determined the device was a "pyrotechnic type of firework." 

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