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Man Charged With Planting Fake Bomb Near Bryn Mawr Red Line Stop, Delaying Trains For Hours

A 57-year-old man is charged with terrorism for alleging planting the fake bomb under the "L" stop May 8, police said.

CTA train service and traffic in Edgewater was halted for more than two hours Saturday after a citizen found what appeared to be a pipe bomb near the station.

EDGEWATER — A 57-year-old Edgewater man was charged with terrorism and making a false threat Sunday after police say he placed a fake bomb outside a North Side CTA station last weekend.

James Clark, 57, of the 5600 block of North Winthrop Avenue, turned himself into police on Saturday, police said.

Police allege Clark placed what appeared to be a pipe bomb on the sidewalk outside the Bryn Mawr Red Line station at 1119 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. May 8. The threat was later discovered to be a hoax, but shut down CTA train service and traffic in Edgewater for more than two hours, police said. 

On that day, a man exiting the station saw what appeared to be a bomb on the sidewalk and flagged down a police sergeant from the Lincoln (20th) Police District, according to Chicago Police Officer Daniel Blackman, who was on the scene.

The device appeared to be made from plastic PVC pipe with duct tape at both ends and a wick in the middle of it, police said at the time.

Members of the Chicago Police Bomb Squad determined that it was fake with no explosives inside it. But they destroyed the device as a matter of procedure, police said.

“From the way it looked, if it was packed [with explosives] it would have done a lot of damage,” Blackman said.

Clark was expected to be in Bond Court Sunday afternoon.