Over 500 pounds of explosives stolen from train headed to Detroit

31 of 32 boxes of commercial grade fireworks recovered Saturday in SW Detroit

By John Steckroth - Editor

DETROIT - Local and federal law enforcement officers were searching for more than 500 pounds of explosives stolen from a CSX train.

Detroit police said fireworks were stolen from the train which fall under commercial-grade explosives.

The train was traveling from Chicago through Ohio to Detroit. When the crates were to be unloaded, all 32 cases had vanished with the exception of one crate that was found near the railroad tracks at Central Avenue and Logan Street on Detroit’s southwest side.

Authorities said 31 of the 32 boxes of commercial grade fireworks were recovered early Saturday morning in southwest Detroit.

It is unclear where the cargo was stolen, but authorities believe the theft happened in Detroit.

CSX released the following statement:

"CSX is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in investigating the apparent theft of a quantity of commercial fireworks from a CSX freight train on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. CSX reported the theft as soon as it was discovered, upon the train's arrival in Detroit. The train originated in Chicago."

The ATF and Detroit police are investigating. The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call 313-202-3400.

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