Detroit-Windsor Tunnel open to traffic following bomb scare

Sources say threat was phoned in on Canadian side

DETROIT - The tunnel connecting Detroit and Windsor reopened to traffic just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

A bomb scare shut down the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel for several hours Thursday afternoon.

Police and U.S/Canada border officials said the threat was called in to the duty free store on the Canadian side of the border at about 1 p.m., suggesting that a bomb was somewhere in the tunnel.

Investigators focused on a payphone and booth across the street from the Ontario Tourism office near the entrance of the tunnel on the Windsor side - was dusted it for prints.

UNCUT VIDEO: Detroit police talk about tunnel threat

The U.S. Coast Guard also closed off a section of the Detroit River within 1,000 yards of the tunnel.

The mile-long, underwater international border crossing lets vehicles pass underneath the Detroit River between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario.

The tunnel is one of two vehicular connections between the cities. The other is the Ambassador Bridge, which still was open.

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel facts and history

  • The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was formally dedicated on Saturday, November 1, 1930. President Herbert Hoover turned a "golden key" in Washington that rang bells in both Detroit and Windsor to mark the opening of the tunnel.
  • The Tunnel is jointly owned by the Cities of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan
  • It is operated under two separate agreements by the Detroit and Canada Tunnel Corporation
  • Approximately 27,000 to 29,000 vehicles pass through the Tunnel on a daily basis, handles almost nine million vehicles per year, of which 95% are cars and 5% are trucks.
    Ventilation - 1.5 million cubic feet of fresh air is pumped into the tunnel each minute.
  • Renovations: A $50 Million renovation program was launched in 1993, including a completely new road surface, new sidewall tiling, new lighting, complete video surveillance and restoration of the Tunnel's stone cover beneath the Detroit River.
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