Fake explosive prompts scare in Detroit

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A restoration crew Wednesday morning found a harmless device resembling an explosive inside a vacant home on Evergreen just north of Fenkell, Detroit police said.

"It was a facsimile explosive, or an object fashioned to look like an explosive device," Officer Mia Nikolich said. "The bomb squad went in and they determined it was a non-explosive."

Nikolich declined to describe the device in further detail.

The restoration crew notified police around 10:10 a.m. when the device was found, Nikolich said. Evergreen was closed north of Fenkell until after 12:30 p.m. as officials cleared the vacant home.

Nikolich said similar fake explosives have been used in the commission of other crimes.

"A lot of times people plan on robbing a bank or something and they use it as a scare tactic," Nikolich said.