Detroit Police Department's Schaefer Station evacuated due to hazmat situation

Officers, prisoners cleared out of building near Grand River, Schaefer on city's southwest side


DETROIT – The Detroit Police Department's Schaefer Station was evacuated Wednesday after a package with a suspicious powdery substance was delivered to the building – prompting a hazmat situation.

SLIDESHOW: Detroit police's Schaefer Station evacuated


"One of the officers that is assigned to the Southwest District was opening mail that came through the U.S. postal mail service. Upon opening the letter, he was exposed to some type of unknown substance," said Detroit Police Inspector Don Johnson. "The officer, realizing that he had been exposed, immediately did not move from that location."

Johnson said the exposed officer and two others were quarantined, but are not in any immediate danger.

Hazmat crews are still working to determine what the substance was.

Both officers and prisoners were taken out of the building, which is near Grand River and Schaefer on the city's southwest side.