Illinois: Explosive Material, BMM Discovered at Student’s Residence

TRIPwire, 2 December 2019

On 26 November 2019, authorities discovered bomb-making materials (BMM) and containers at the home of a high school student in Batavia. The FBI notified the Batavia Police Department of a tip received from a third party indicating someone in Batavia bought materials used to make explosives, and the initial investigation led them to the juvenile’s residence. The Kane County Bomb Unit rendered safe the explosive material and BMM onsite due to the highly volatile nature of the materials. As a precaution, police with bomb-sniffing dogs searched the high school and found no evidence of explosives or BMM. Police are investigating the incident in conjunction with the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force but do not believe there is an immediate threat to the community. The juvenile is in protective custody for further evaluation.