20:04 GMT12 June 2021
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    Thursday night, emergency personnel in LaSalle County, Illinois, responded to reports of an explosion along a section of the Illinois River. Several state and federal agents, including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) personnel, later responded to the scene.

    La Salle County Coroner Rich Ploch announced on Friday that no signs of foul play have been discovered at the explosion site, according to preliminary observations by his office and other law enforcement agencies. 

    The blast occurred around 7:20 p.m. local time on Thursday, and claimed the lives of three men near Starved Rock State Park. 

    Furthermore, "it was determined that the individuals appeared to have ignited a type of black powder substance along an area near the riverbank," Ploch stated, as reported by the Associated Press

    Responding law enforcement departments included the Utica Police Department, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the Kane County Bomb Squad. 

    FBI agents were also on the scene and collected a sample of said "black powder substance." 

    Some have speculated the substance may be gunpowder. 

    "It’s probably going to be awhile before we find that out unfortunately," Ploch expressed. 

    The three deceased men have not been publicly identified by authorities.


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