BOMBING DEPOT: ATF to crack down on bombers after 2nd bomb blast at ATF facility
The FBI has issued a warning to ATF employees after the agency was forced to evacuate its headquarters in suburban Chicago after a second bomb blast that killed two employees, police said.
The ATF in suburban Joliet, Illinois, said that it was evacuated Wednesday night after receiving a report that a bomb had been planted in the building.
The bomb squad arrived and the ATF was evacuated and taken into custody.
ATF Chief John Sisk said in a statement that “the ATF was forced into action after receiving multiple calls regarding a suspicious device at the ATF building in Chicago, Illinois.”
“We were told by local authorities that a suspicious package had been found in the ATF Building, and ATF personnel were ordered to evacuate the building immediately,” Sisk continued.
“Upon further investigation, ATF personnel determined that the package was a bomber bomb.
The ATF was then forced to quickly evacuate the facility, which resulted in the death of two ATF employees.
We are grateful for the quick action ATF took in responding to this situation.”
A second bomb exploded at the facility just after 7 p.m.
Wednesday, killing one ATF employee and injuring two others.
ATF said that the bomb squad was called to the site after receiving “multiple reports of a suspicious parcel.”
The ATF had been preparing to close down its facility after receiving the second bomb, Sisk added.
The bomb squad detonated the bomb in the garage, which is where the bomb had gone off, but the ATF didn’t evacuate the site immediately, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the situation.
Sisk later said that police had recovered “evidence that supports a credible threat” that a second bomber had been in the parking lot at the building, but added that “no credible threat was made at the time of the incident.”
The ATF is also investigating the second bombing, but Sisk didn’t name the bureau that received the bomb, saying only that the agency “is investigating.”
The FBI is also looking into whether the ATF should be allowed to reopen its offices, because the agency is located in Chicago.
In February, the FBI was forced by President Donald Trump to shut down its headquarters because of an investigation into a possible plot to attack the White House and the Capitol.
The FBI was investigating whether the agency had received a threat that the Capitol Building would be bombed.