Detroit – The City of Detroit, the Great Lakes Waterway, and DTE Energy are investigating an incident in southwestern Detroit late Saturday night.
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A strong odor is being investigated on Sunday after an apparent underground explosion. The ground moved and cracked on Fort Street and Dearborn Street near Woodmere Cemetery.
The Detroit Office of Public Works has closed some streets in the area until further notice. City officials said the incident was caused by an “underground problem.”
The Office of Public Works is working with DTE and the Great Lakes Waterway to identify the cause of ground movements. Teams from the Detroit Fire Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Emergency Management Agency, and other local and federal agencies support the investigation.
Residents are required to be careful and report any strong odors.
DTE Energy said there was no evidence of a natural gas explosion, not because of natural gas.
Apparently the underground eruption occurred on Saturday night. The incident left a nearby clinic with serious structural damage. The people in the store at that time didn’t know what was going on.
“The team was inside and noticed that the building was basically starting to move,” said Ashley Babcock of the Stash Detroit Medical Marijuana Dispensary. “It’s time to evacuate the building, so the staff evacuated.”
Even if the culmination of their efforts literally collapses to the ground, management plans to move forward while continuing to investigate.
“It’s definitely our concern because the building isn’t in good condition,” Babcock said. “We are not going to destroy us. We are not going to disappoint us. We are going to take a step, move forward and bring everything back.”
Detroit Fire Marshal has identified an emergency contractor to demolish a building in a heavily damaged area.
People with gas or strong odors in the area will be asked to call EGLE’s Contamination Emergency Alert System Hotline 800-292-4706.
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