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WWI missile tips found at SW Detroit demolition site

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Four missile tips from World War I were found Thursday inside a southwest Detroit building under demolition, according to police.

The ammunition was discovered around 10:40 a.m. as a demolition crew knocked down a building on the 2600 block of Michigan Avenue, near Interstate 75 and I-96, Sgt. Michael Woody said. The site is a Department of Public Works service yard.

The discovery prompted an evacuation of an office building nearby but the scene was deemed “safe and secure” by 1:15 p.m., Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

“(The missile tips) are going to be evaluated and if there’s anything inside them, then they’ll be turned over to the military,” Moreno said. “If there’s liquid, or wires, or a fuse in them, they’ll be turned over.”

The bomb squad remained on the scene Thursday afternoon completing the recovery process, Moreno added.

“They’re probably going to be out there a few more hours,” she said.

Officials do not know how long the missiles were stashed in the building or how they got there.

“That’s what’s being investigated,” Moreno said.

Police earlier Thursday said the ammunition was discovered after crews began demolishing a building that makes up part of a compound on the DPW property.

“The buildings are positioned so that they almost form a compound with a courtyard,” Woody said Thursday morning. “One of the buildings is occupied by office workers, so we evacuated that building.”

The other buildings mostly store equipment and did not require evacuations, Woody added.

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