Security alert raises concerns in Chicago especially for travelers
An explosive device was detonated near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The incident has triggered a swift response from law enforcement and raised questions about airport security.
After an explosive device was found Wednesday, the Chicago Police Bomb squad sped to an industrial location close to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. They succesffuly detonated the device without any injuries occuring. There were no schools or houses in the area that were affected. However, the explosion was big enough to cause a black plume of smoke to appear. The incident took place in the morning just after 9:00 am.
Reports indicated that the bomb was found close to or on the property owned by Groot Industries in Elk Grove Village, which is a commercial and residential garbage pickup and recylcing facility. The plant is cat the northwest edge of O'Hare Airport.
The incident has caused concerns for the city, as O'Hare Airport is the busiest airport in the U.S. and the fourth busiest in the world. Authorities are working diligently to determine the nature of the explosive device and whether it was part of a larger security threat. Details of how the bomb was located are not yet being disclosed. The Chicago Police have no suspects in custody.
The Chicago Police Department has increased security measures at the airport in response to the incident, reassuring travelers and airport staff of their commitment to safety.