‘Explosive device’ found in Evanston at police station

After an explosive device was found Saturday in an Evanston Police Department, officials said a person of interest is now in federal custody.

Evanston police were informed about the device being planted at the department’s office, 633 W. Howard Street, on Saturday, police said in a press release. Police did not say what time the incident had occurred.

Members of the Cook County Sheriff’s police department bomb squad responded to the scene after investigators from the department investigated and found the tip credible.

The “explosive device” was found by the bomb squad investigators in the back of the building, police said. The device was rendered inoperable by the bomb squad officers, police said.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded and assisted in the investigation.

On Saturday a person of interest was taken into custody Saturday and gave investigators a statement and also told them about further evidence which was recovered, police said.

The person, who was not being identified, was turned over to federal agents this afternoon. The person has not been formally charged, police said.

No other details were available, police said.