No damage from explosion on train tracks in Warren

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Police are investigating a small explosion Friday on a train track in Warren that didn’t cause any damage.

No injuries were reported in the incident that closed the tracks around 2 p.m. near Eight Mile between Groesbeck and Hoover, officials said.

A train engineer said he was traveling in an engine pulling 20 cars when he saw a small explosion, said Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.

In a Facebook post Friday, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the blast “might have been an explosive device detonated” and was estimated to have “had the strength of an M-100.”

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad were called in as well as the Canadian Railroad Police and the Warren Police Department Bomb Squad.

Shaw said police searched a one-mile stretch of track and did not find any evidence of a device. There was no damage to the tracks, he said.

The tracks reopened around 4:30 p.m., said Patrick Waldron, spokesman for the Canadian National Railway.

There are no suspects, police said.

Fouts wrote Homeland Security as well as Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials also were investigating but the incident “does not appear to be terrorist related.”

“However, in light of the times we live in one can never completely rule out an act of terrorism no matter how small it appears to be!,” he said.

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Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.