>$30,000 bond set in Lockport bank blast U.S.A.

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None injured in explosion, authorities say


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July 18, 2010

LOCKPORT – A Blue Island man was ordered held on $30,000 bond Saturday after his arrest in connection with the detonation of an incendiary device at the entrance to the PNC Bank in downtown Lockport.David A. Whitesell, 48, of Blue Island, was arrested on charges of felony arson and felony criminal damage to property with an incendiary device. He was booked into the Will County Jail.

A 4-inch mortar, the type used in aerial fireworks displays, caused the explosion, police said.
“The explosion blew open the roof of the vehicle and shattered several windows including windows on the bank,” police said in a press release.
The motive is still unknown.
Police said the explosion occurred at about 7:50 p.m. when Whitesell drove his car onto the front entryway of the bank at 955 E. 9th St.
As the suspect was walking away from his car, it exploded. Witnesses identified the suspect and he was taken into custody by police.
PNC Bank was closed and unoccupied at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported. The area was sealed off and traffic diverted around the bank.
Lockport police received assistance from the Cook County Bomb Squad, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Lockport Township Fire Department, Joliet Fire Department Hazmat, and Lockport EMA.

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