An explosive device
was detonated on Friday in a chemical toilet at the Paul C. Zona Sr.
Wildlife Sanctuary, 601E 950N in Jackson Township, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police reported after deadline on Monday.
police, sometime between 8:30 and 9 p.m. a neighbor heard a “loud
explosion.” Then, on arriving in the sanctuary on Saturday morning, he
observed that a toilet seat and paper dispenser were lying in the parking
lot. He also observed that the chemical toilet itself and a nearby fence
Police said that a
“gray residue” on the toilet seat looked similar to that left by fireworks
and that all four sides of the toilet “were broken at the screws and pushed
to one side.”
A “hole behind the
toilet” appeared to be where the firework had been detonated, police added.
The damage was
reported to the owner of the toilet, Johnny on the Spot of North Judson,
total damage to the toilet and the fence at $1,650.