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Boom In Southwest Suburbs Was From Exploding Target-Shooting, Police Say

(CBS) – Mystery solved, apparently, after some WBBM Newsradio listeners reported hearing – and feeling – some kind of a large blast or boom in the Joliet area around noon on Thanksgiving Day.

Two men shooting at exploding targets in a field in Green Garden Township are the source of the disturbance, Will County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Tom Budde tells CBS 2.

He said the targets were made with Tannerite, a legal, store-bought material that explodes when struck by bullets.

The shooters had valid firearm owner identification cards, and no charges were filed, Budde said.

Federal officials have warned previously that exploding targets can be dangerous and used could be used to create bombs when combined with other materials.

Callers in Beecher, Frankfort, Mokena and Monee in Will County and Northwest Kane County say they heard what sounded like an explosion around noon.

"It basically shook the foundation of the house," Dave Long of Frankfort tells WBBM.

"I was sitting at my computer, and all of a sudden there was a big, loud explosion, and the windows rattled," Larry, a Monee resident, says. "They felt it in Peotone, too."

Target Shooting Blamed For Southwest Suburban Scare




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