A bomb that was found on the railroad tracks near Edwardsville Monday was determined to be functional, and the investigation into who put it there is underway. The device was made from a propane tank similar to the ones found on barbecue grills and had a couple of flares taped to it. A spokesman for the railroad says it was disposed of without incident.
Robin Chapman, spokesman for Norfolk Southern Railroad, says they are now looking into the case with the help of the federal government.
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Chapman says the area where the bomb was placed is rural, but accessible. There were no bridges or overpasses close to the area near Quercus Grove Road, which is about two miles west of I-55, intersecting with Illinois Route 140.
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