CHICAGO - Less than two and a half weeks ago, FX's Chicago production of "Justified: City Primeval" was halted due to a gun battle in the area of Douglass Park. Now authorities say someone threw an "incendiary device" at the set last night while they were filming at a gas station near the border of the West Loop and Near West Side neighborhoods.
Last night's incident reportedly happened shortly after midnight at a gas station in the 1000 block of S. Desplaines, which sits almost direct on the border between the West Loop and Near West Side neighborhoods.
Police said an "incendiary device" was lit and thrown by an as yet unidentified offender towards the surrounding area of the set that was filming on the above block. Police said the object did not explode and there no injuries reported among any cast and crew.
We reached out to Chicago Police for better clarification on what type of "incendiary device" was lit and thrown but they were unable to clarify as the investigation remains ongoing.
There is no one in custody and Area Three detectives are investigating.
After that incident, the production's studio hired a beefed up security team of ex-military that The Wrap described as, "led by a trained hostage negotiator who provides global security details...and...comprising Navy SEALs and Army Rangers."
We do not currently know who among the cast or crew was on set in last night's incident, nor have we heard back from the studio.
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Notes & References
Chicago Journal. “Chicago Production of FX's ‘Justified: City Primeval’ Halted Due to Rolling Gun Battle.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, July 23, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/chicago-production-of-fxs-justified-city-primeval-halted-due-to-rolling-gun-battle/. ↩︎
Oganesyan, Natalie. “'Justified: City Primeval' Hires Ex-Military Security Team after Chicago Set Shooting Incidents.” TheWrap, July 25, 2022. https://www.thewrap.com/justified-city-primeval-security-team-shooting/. ↩︎