Three Killed in Explosion Near Illinois Park – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Three people died after apparently igniting a “black powder substance” and causing an explosion near a state park in northern Illinois, a coroner said.

First responders were called to an area along the Illinois River west of a boat ramp in Starved Rock State Park, where they discovered three dead men around 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Gunpowder was the original gunpowder and can be used to make fireworks.

“With assistance from the Illinois State Police, the Kane County Bomb Squad Unit, and the FBI, it was found that the subjects appeared to have set off some type of gunpowder substance along an area near the riverbank,” said LaSalle County coroner Rich Ploch.

The three died from the injuries they sustained in the explosion, Ploch said. Autopsies were planned.

The names of the victims were not published.

The explosion occurred about 120 kilometers southwest of Chicago.

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