An active bomb was found Saturday near the beer garden of a Macomb bar frequented by Western Illinois University students.
According to a release by the Macomb Police Department, a suspected improvised explosive device, or IED, was found at the Change of Pace Bar, 301 N. Campbell St., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Members of the state bomb squad came to Macomb and used its robotic bomb recovery equipment to secure the IED. It was determined device was an active bomb that had not yet been detonated. Bomb squad members destroyed the device at a secure location.
McDonough County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chris Mason said the bomb was a small device with some shotgun shells hooked to it and a radio attached. He said this type of device could be sensitive to cell phone calls nearby.
There are no suspects at this time.