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Detroit — An all clear has been sounded by the bomb squad of the Detroit Police Department after a dummy grenade was found outside of an east side chemical company early Wednesday morning.

The device was discovered near the Detroit Renewable Energy Co., located in the 5700 block of Russell, in an area south of Interstate 94 and east of I-75.

“The device was found at about 7:30 a.m. by an employee,” said Officer Jennifer Moreno of the public information office of the Detroit Police Department.

The section of the area — which is all industrial — was barricaded by police during the investigation.

According to its website, the company is a member of a consortium of renewable energy companies, including Detroit Thermal, Detroit Renewable Power, Hamtramck Energy Services and Detroit Renewable Cooling.

The company was formed in 2010 with the objective of improving the efficiency, safety and reliability of the city’s existing renewable and waste infrastructure, including Detroit’s energy from waste facility and the underground steam system service downtown and midtown Detroit.

In January 2013, Detroit Renewable Energy and General Motors announced a project to turn solid municipal waste from the metro area into process steam that would be used to heat and cool portions of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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