THE CAR IN this driveway in the 400 block of South Clark Street was believed to have been tampered with an incendiary devise place under the hood. It was reported by the owner today, Thursday, Apr. 23, to the Pana Police Department.
Because of the nature of the situation, police evacuated homes around the scene and blocked traffic in a two block area all around the scene.
Pana Police, Pana street department crew members and members of the Pana Fire Department were on hand to assist as well as county, state and federal police agencies.
(Tom Latonis Photo)
A call to the Pana Police Department at 7:11 a.m. today, Thursday, Apr. 23, led to a three hour drama which ended peacefully on South Clark St.
According to the police, a woman in the 400 block of South Clark reported her car, a 2000 Ford Tarus, looked to have been tampered with overnight. She said the hood of the car was ajar. A relative’s vehicle in Shelby County had been tampered with and an incendiary devise was found in the car.
Police immediately cordoned off the area, evacuation neighbors which were within two houses of the scene in all direction. Streets were also blocked off.
Assistance from Christian and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices, the Pana Fire Department, Pana Street Department was requested and they arrived almost immediately to help securing the area. Officials with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Police, Illinois State Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also responded to the call for assistance.
Shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning, it was determined there was no danger, and police cleared the scene shortly after 10:30.
There was some damage to the car.
An investigation into the incident will continue according to the police.