Peoria Bomb Squad investigates possible bomb at Pekin home

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PEKIN — The Peoria Bomb Squad is on scene in the 1300 block of Broadway Street in Pekin in response to deal with what could be an incendiary device found while a search warrant was being executed this morning.

Pekin Police Public Information Officer Billie Ingles said that the Central Illinois Response Team served a search warrant at 10 a.m. Wednesday and found the device while executing the search. The Peoria Bomb Team was called in.

Ingles said she does not know if the building is a single family home or an apartment building. She said there were people in the building when CIRT arrived.

“The area has been sectioned off where they feel it might be affected if a bomb or incendiary device goes off,” said Ingles. She said she is not sure when CIRT will issue a statement.

Ingles said she did not know what the CIRT Team search warrant was related to.

North 13th Street resident Norma Payne said she heard the commotion this morning and saw the CIRT Team enter the building. She said they brought out a man and a woman, who were taken away.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” said Payne.

She said a lot of people come and go from the building.

The scene was cleared as of 6:29 p.m. when a reporter drove by the site.

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