Detroit firefighters began evacuating residents from a street on the city’s west side Tuesday evening after someone spotted a suspicious gray box with a blinking red light and wires tied to a pole.
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Pretty scary, right? Not even a month has passed since the Boston Marathon bombings.
Only trouble was, police were too busy to respond. Not a single officer in the city was available at 8:15 p.m.
After staging a block away, firefighters took charge and began encouraging residents to evacuate the area of West Warren and Woodmont.
Luckily, the suspicious device turned out to be a prank or a misunderstanding
But situations like this are becoming all too familiar because of budget cuts. Mayor Dave Bing cut the public safety budget by 20% last year to help offset a rising deficit.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.