Evanston police say agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are aiding the department in investigating an incident late Tuesday at 1422 Brown Ave.

Sgt. Scott Sophier told residents at a 2nd Ward meeting Thursday night that that the federal agents are involved in trying to determine who threw an explosive device through a first floor window of the two-flat building that touched off a fire and forced five people to flee the structure.

Windows boarded up that had been blown out by the explosion at 1422 Brown Ave.

Sophier says detectives don’t believe it was a random incident and said there’s no reason to believe that other residents in the neighborhood are in danger as a result of it.

He said investigators will be going door-to-door to canvas residents and businesses to see if they have surveillance video that might help identify the subjects involved in the incident or their vehicle.

He asked that anyone who might have video related to the incident to contact the department.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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