Mock Emergency Planned for the Detroit River

Detroit officials say area residents shouldn’t panic if they happen to see an explosion or emergency responders out on the Detroit River this week.

City of Detroit officials say the coast guard and over 60 other agencies will take part in an international security exercise on the river Tuesday and Wednesday. The exercise will take place between Trenton and Detroit on the US side and in the Windsor area on the Canadian side.

The scenario will involve a controlled explosion on the Detroit Princess boat, evacuation of passengers and an oil spill on the Detroit River. City officials say the exercise will test the preparedness of the area’s maritime security plan. The events are expected to start Tuesday morning around 9am with the explosion on the Detroit Princess riverboat near Hart Plaza. Smoke may be visible.

The exercise is not open to the public.