Fireworks blamed for Elmwood Park railroad damage

Now repaired, the pedestrian walkway across the railroad tracks west of 76th Avenue was damaged July 4, allegedly by fireworks. | David Pollard/Sun-Times Media
Now repaired, the pedestrian walkway across the railroad tracks west of 76th Avenue was damaged July 4, allegedly by fireworks. | David Pollard/Sun-Times Media

A pedestrian walkway over a set of Elmwood Park railroad tracks was severely damaged over the July 4 holiday when fireworks were reportedly set off there.

At 11 p.m. on July 4, the Elmwood Park Police Department notified Metra Police of a rail obstruction at 77th Court and Grand Avenue, which authorities believed could interfere with safe train operations. When Metra police officers arrived on the scene, they found portions of the pedestrian walkway across the railroad tracks dislodged.

Upon further inspection, officers reportedly saw evidence of a small explosion. According to Metra police, officers observed burnt wood, metal debris, powder residue and an odor of burnt gunpowder around the damaged area.

A preliminary investigation indicated a large firecracker might have caused the damage.

Metra police ave identified potential subjects and charges are pending, a spokesperson said. An investigation into the incident continues.

The walkway has since been repaired.

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