Feds Investigate Bomb That Went Undetected in Detroit Government Building for Weeks
A federal review is trying to explain why a bomb that was placed in a Detroit government building went undetected for three weeks.
As Rick Folbaum reported on Happening Now, a security guard found a canvas bag containing the bomb and, unaware of what was inside, stuffed it under a security desk. Three weeks later, two of the building’s security staff ran the bag through an x-ray machine — and another guard even shook it — to try and determine its contents.
After the bag was found to contain an improvised explosive device, the Detroit police were called in to disarm it. The incident has led to a federal investigation, the findings of which have just been made public.
The newly-released statement from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General states, “Although the IED (improvised explosive device) did not explode, it represented a risk to the safety and security of the building and its occupants.” The report also assigned blame to the security guard who found the canvas bag, the private contractor who employed the guard, and the federal agency that was in charge of overseeing security at the building.
As a result, certain security guards have been fired for their negligence, and other members were forced undergo more training.
A Michigan man has since been charged with placing the bomb outside the building.