FBI, ATF investigating explosive incident at Northfield home

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NORTHFIELD, Ill. - An explosion shattered windows and damaged rooms in a home in the northern suburbs early Wednesday morning.

No one was injured but the identity of the person who placed the device remains unknown.

The owner of the Northfield home says he’s not going to let someone intimidate him.  But he doesn’t want his identity revealed. He believes someone was targeting him or his family.

Someone put the explosive device outside the guest room window of the home in 400 block of Chapel Hill around 1:00 a.m. and detonated it.

The owner of the home was the only one there.  He was sleeping and says he smelled sulphur and other chemicals after the explosion.  The blast was loud enough that the Northfield police heard it a mile away.

Besides Northfield police, the ATF, FBI and the Cook County bomb squad were called in.  The explosion blew out the windows of the guest room, a bathroom, an office and the basement.

The homeowner says, inside the home there is shrapnel and glass everywhere.

The property butts up to  Middlefork Primary School, which serves students in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Northfield Community Church is also close to the backyard.

Luckily there were no injuries. The homeowner believes someone would have been seriously hurt if they were in one of those rooms.



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