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Hazardous material scare cleared in Detroit

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A hazardous material scare that closed southbound Washington Boulevard downtown between Michigan Avenue and Grand Boulevard on Thursday has been cleared, police said.

Officials were called to the area just after 9 a.m. after nine unmarked, 55-gallon drums were found near a vacant building on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Washington Boulevard.

Three barrels were located behind the building, including one with a warped lid suggesting pressure from within the container, police said.

The remaining six barrels are located near the street at Washington and State Street.

The barrels may have been left recently by construction crews, police said.

HAZMAT, the bomb squad and ATF were on the scene to determine the contents of the barrels, which wasn’t reported to be known late Thursday morning.

Police said the situation was cleared before 11:45 a.m. Thursday.


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