Nightside Report Sept. 10, 2021: Ford Flat Rock gas line installer says leak should have set off alarm; Metro Detroit businesses confused over national mask, vaccine mandates

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Ford Flat Rock gas line installer says leak should have set off alarm

DETROIT – Officials with the United States Environmental Protection Agency measured the levels of toxic benzene gas house-by-house Thursday in Flat Rock.

The gas came from an underground fuel leak at a nearby Ford Motor Company plant.

More than 1,000 homes have been evacuated in parts of Flat Rock as the EPA continues testing.

Jerry Clark was in charge of installing the gasoline pipes and tanks at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant. He said when there was a leak, the alarm should have immediately gone off.

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The latest: Michigan reports 6,095 new COVID cases, 59 deaths -- average of 3,047.5 cases per day

Metro Detroit weather: Mostly clear skies overnight, cool temperature Saturday morning

Skies will become mostly clear overnight and lows will dip into the low and mid-50s as you head out first thing Saturday morning. Our fall-like feel wasn’t going to last forever as we welcome a taste of summer for this weekend.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Cities across the country saw a dramatic spike in crime over summer -- that includes Detroit. Click here to read more.
  • Police in Sterling Heights let a 7-year-old boy experience his dream when they swore him in as an officer on Thursday (Sept. 9). Click here to read more.
  • For the Saleh family, escaping from the World Trade Center meant a new chance at life for two Dearborn brothers. Click here to read more.
  • The 9/11 attacks had a profound impact on how healthcare providers prepare for emergencies. Click here to read more.

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Second largest school district in US issues vaccine mandate for students -- Will Detroit schools follow suit?

A lot of time, money and effort has been put into making Detroit Public Schools Community District schools as safe as possible for students.

After an outbreak at Renaissance High School, the reality of how well these measures will work were brought to light.

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‘This is going to work’ -- Metro Detroit residents respond to national vaccine, mask mandates

The White House has a new plan to fight the spread of COVID.

Sweeping vaccine mandates have been issued for federal workers, government contractors and healthcare workers that work at facilities that receive federal money. The White House is also encouraging states to require the vaccine for school employees and regular testing programs set up in schools.

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Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 --

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.