Authorities are investigating the theft of “very volatile” commercial-grade explosives from a Detroit-bound freight train.

A CSX train was traveling from Chicago on Wednesday with fireworks aboard, but when it arrived in southwest Detroit, about 32 cases — an estimated 500 pounds, and roughly half loaded — were missing, said Donald Dawkins, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The aerial shells in those cases, estimated to be between 2.5 and 5 inches, were headed to a vendor and “not for general public use,” he said. “It’s very volatile if not used properly.”

CSX reported the theft as soon as it was discovered upon the train’s arrival, spokesman Rob Doolittle said.

“Safety is CSX’s highest priority, and CSX is committed to continuing to work with ATF in its investigation of this incident,” he said.

ATF officials are continuing to investigate, Dawkins said.

Detroit police also are assisting in the probe, but did not release additional details Friday night.

Anyone with information about the stolen fireworks is asked to call the ATF at (313) 202-3400.

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