An exploded dye pack in a robber's loot bag was blamed for delays on the Red Line during this evening's rush hour, according to a Tribune report. A customer service agent told me a fire caused the delay after fire department ambulances were dispatched.
UPDATE: I changed the headline from "not fire" to "AND fire" after I got word that there actually WAS a track fire at Grand around the same time. This graph was in the Trib report updated early this morning:
"Coincidentally, around the same time of the arrest, trains were
experiencing delays because of a small fire on train tracks at the CTA
Red Line's Grand Avenue subway station, which is located a few blocks
south of the Chicago Avenue station in the same tunnels, said Wanda Taylor, a spokeswoman
for the Chicago Transit Authority."
But it was the dye pack that exploded, prompting reports of a fire. The robber was captured at the Chicago Avenue stop after a heist at North Community Bank, 800 N. State St.