(720 ILCS 5/29D-15.1)
(was 720 ILCS 5/20.5-5)
Causing a catastrophe.
(a) A person commits the offense of causing a catastrophe if he or she
knowingly causes a catastrophe by explosion, fire, flood, collapse of a
building, or release of poison, radioactive material, bacteria, virus, or other
dangerous and difficult to confine force or substance.
(b) As used in this Section, "catastrophe" means serious physical
injury to 5 or more persons, substantial damage to 5 or more buildings or
inhabitable structures, or substantial damage to a vital public facility that
seriously impairs its usefulness or operation; and "vital public facility"
a facility that is necessary to ensure or protect the public health, safety, or
welfare, including, but not limited to, a hospital, a law enforcement agency, a fire
department, a private or public utility company, a national defense contractor, a
facility of the armed forces, or an emergency services agency.
(c) Sentence. Causing a catastrophe is a Class X felony.
(Source: P.A. 96-710, eff. 1-1-10.)