A man has been arrested for blowing up a vault toilet at the Old Railroad Landing near Rush City, MN. The damage, which was discovered by the National Park Service on March 9, is estimated at $60,000. The bathroom will be closed for at least the summer season of 2011.
The Park Service led an investigation that included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms and the Chisago County sheriff. The investigation led them to a suspect:
Evidence painstakingly collected and documented at the scene indicated that the explosive device was a PVC pipe bomb, and, through forensic analysis, a suspect was identified. Further investigation and subsequent search warrants and subpoenas revealed that the suspect, Travis Chinander, had purchased the material to construct the bomb at local stores. Chinander was arrested on state felony charges and is awaiting federal charges. The investigation continues but no specific reason for the bombing has yet been identified.
Chinander was booked by Chisago County April 15.
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