The Windsor-Detroit Tunnel was closed for approximately four hours Tuesday evening as police and Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers investigated a suspicious package which was found inside a vehicle attempting to enter Canada from Michigan.
At around 5 pm January 20 the vehicle, which had two male occupants and Michigan plates, was directed for a secondary inspection by CBSA. During the inspection, a bag containing a suspicious device was found inside a bag. CBSA officials closed the tunnel, notified Windsor Police, and all CBSA staff were then evacuated from the area.
The occupants of the vehicle were transported to Windsor Police Headquarters and all traffic was prevented from entering the tunnel to ensure public safety.
The Windsor Police Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) was called in to investigate the package. EDU members deployed a robot with an onboard camera in order to get close to the package safely.
According to police, investigation has revealed that the bag contained an unmarked cardboard cylinder with a fuse attached. EDU members determined that the device was consistent in structure as being a commercial grade smoke bomb or smoke grenade. These types of devices emit a thick cloud of smoke when ignited.
The EDU unit has taken custody of the device and are in the process of making it safe.
he tunnel was re-opened to vehicular traffic shortly before 9 pm, after the area was deemed secure.
The Windsor Police Major Crimes Branch is continuing with the investigation at this time. Officers also located brass knuckles, a switchblade knife, and a butterfly knife inside the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at www.catchcrooks.com, or submit a tip on Facebook.