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Explosion on Warren railroad tracks forces conductor to stop train

Small metal pot with unknown substance found on tracks

WARREN, Mich – Detroit police are investigating an explosive device left on train tracks near 8 Mile and Hoover in the city of Warren, Friday. 

Investigators said they found a small metal pot with an unknown substance on the tracks.

The device detonated and an explosion occurred which caused minor damage to the tracks, police said.

"Earlier this afternoon, we had what might have been an explosive device detonate alongside the railroad tracks between Hoover and Groesbeck," Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said in a Facebook post. "It is estimated that it was somewhat stronger than an M-80. No damage and no one was hurt. While the Michigan Bomb Squad, ATF, Homeland Security and Warren Police are investigating it does not appear to be terrorist related. Detroit Police were notified as well. Both Police departments arrived on the scene about the same time. It is estimated that it had the strength of an M-100. At most it could best be described as a small explosion."

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

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