COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man stopped by police in the West Pullman neighborhood for riding his bike on the sidewalk was found with two beer cans fashioned into homemade explosives, prosecutors said.
Police saw Issac Wright, 24, riding his bike in the 11900 block of South Michigan Avenue Wednesday night, before the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to a police report. When they started walking toward him, Wright allegedly put his hands in the air, stating, "I ain't got nothin' but some fireworks."
Wright opened his backpack and showed officers two beer cans cut in half with a 1-inch mortar round wrapped in aluminum foil and a green wick sticking out, according to a police report. The cans were filled with BB pellets.
Police also found five tubes loaded with BB pellets at one end and pyrotechnic material at the other end, the report states.
"I was just gonna use those to blow up garbage cans," Wright allegedly offered in his defense.
The bomb squad was called to deal with the "fireworks," and Wright was arrested, according to the report.
A Cook County judge set Wright's bail at $25,000 at a hearing late last week and ordered that he be placed on electronic monitoring if he makes bail.
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