UPDATED: Men Charged In Tunnel Smoke Bomb Incident
Tuesday January 20th, 2015
Posted at 6:10pm
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Windsor Police have charged two Michigan men after Tuesday’s suspicious package incident at the border.
Police closed the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel in both directions during the 5 o’clock hour after border services agents discovered a suspicious package while inspecting a vehicle.
Police media officer Sgt. Matthew D’Asti said the two Michigan men drove to Canada and were referred for secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, a bag was discovered to contain a suspicious device.
The entire tunnel and its plazas were evacuated around 5:45pm.
The Windsor Police Explosives Disposal Unit was called in to investigate the package. They deployed a robot with an onboard camera in order to get close to the package safely. Investigation has revealed that the bag contained an unmarked cardboard cylinder with a fuse attached.
Police say they are satisfied that the device is 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.
Officers also located brass knuckles, a switchblade knife, and a butterfly knife inside the vehicle.
The two suspects are expected to appear in court this afternoon in relation to weapons charges.
A 29 year old man from Clarkston Michigan is charged with 3 counts of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and 3 counts of Importing a Prohibited Weapon into Canada.
A 17 year old Michigan youth is charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Importing a Prohibited Weapon into Canada.
The tunnel was re-opened to vehicular traffic shortly before 9pm after the area was deemed secure.