explosives found Detroit Catholic School Evacuated After Maintenance Worker Finds Military Grade Explosives

A look at the items found. (credit: Vickie

DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit Catholic school was evacuated Monday morning due to concerns about possible explosives discovered on the property.

Students and staff at Gesu Catholic School on Oak Drive near McNichols and Livernois filed out of the building, on the city’s west side, at around 11 a.m.

Detroit police Commander Elvin Barren says a maintenance worker found the potentially dangerous items inside a garage at the church, which is on school grounds.

A bomb squad was called to the scene to investigate what turned out to be three inactive military-grade rounds.

“A coordination between Detroit Fire, EMS, also FBI, ATF all were here to make sure we did a proper evaluation,” Barren told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas. “The evaluation revealed that the rounds are 75 mm projectiles, inert. They appear to be from the Vietnam Ware era.”

Barren says the garage had not been searched in over 30 years.

The all-clear was given early in the afternoon. No one was injured.

Gesu offers preschool and elementary enrollment.


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