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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel reopens after suspicious package found

Police: Device found likely smoke bomb or smoke grenade

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was shutdown for several hours on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was shutdown for several hours on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

DETROIT – The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel reopened Tuesday at 9 p.m. after being shut down in both directions around 5 p.m. due to a suspicious package.

Police said during a secondary inspection of a vehicle that was inbound to Canada a bag was discovered to contain a suspicious device. At that time the tunnel was closed and all Canadian Border Services Agency staff were evacuated from the area, and all traffic was prevented from entering the tunnel on the Canadian and United States sides.

The Windsor Police Explosives Unit members deployed a robot with an onboard camera to get safely to the package, which contained an unmarked cardboard cylinder with a fuse attached.

EDU members said the device is consistent in structure with a commercial-grade smoke bomb or smoke grenade, both which emit thick clouds of smoke when ignited.

The device was taken into custody, and the EDU unit is in the process of making it safe.

Also located in the car that had Michigan plates were brass knuckles, a switchblade knife and a butterfly knife.

Police said two men who were inside the car were transported to Windsor Police Headquarters.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact police.

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