Suspicious box cleared by Detroit bomb squad

Candice Williamsand Mark HicksThe Detroit News

Detroit police have determined that a suspicious package left across from the Cobo Center near a downtown hotel did not contain explosives and are reopening the area nearby for traffic.

By 8:45 p.m., “the bomb squad checked the package and it’s not an incendiary device,” said Sgt. Eren Stephens of the Detroit Police Department. “The scene has been cleared and the roadways will be opening up.”

Police had cordoned off the area around Cobo Center and Washington out of precaution. Cobo launched the first day of the North American International Auto Show press preview Monday.

Traffic was diverted off Fort and Washington, Griswold and Jefferson and Congress and Washington.

Stephens of the Detroit Police Department, confirmed the department had gotten a report about 5:45 p.m. of a suspicious package downtown Monday evening near Washington and Larned.

Auto show activity appeared to carry on as usual Cobo Center as workers prepared to set up displays for Tuesday’s y press preview.

Employees at the Crowne Plaza at Washington and Larned answered telephones Monday evening. They referred calls about the bomb scare to hotel management, which did not immediately return calls for comment.