Passenger triggers scare on MBTA bus
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Police said a 27-year-old man caused a scare just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning as he got off a route 66 MBTA bus near Brigham Circle in Boston’s Mission Hill.
“As the driver was looking in the mirror she observed and individual who bent down and appeared to be placing a black object underneath the bus, as if attaching some type of device underneath that bus,” said Daniel Linskey of the Boston Police Department.
Passengers became very concerned. They evacuated the bus and bomb squads from Boston and transit police responded.
“We tried to examine it using a dog; we used mirrors…none of that was successful to get a new view. We actually had to bring in a large heavy-duty wrecker to hoist…let the bomb tech see underneath,” said Dep. Chief Robert Lenehan of the Transit Police.
Police found a milk bottle under the bus -- no bomb. The MBTA towed the bus to the garage where inspectors found no device attached to the vehicle’s underbelly.
Traffic was snarled in the area as police investigated. Ambulances headed to Boston’s Longwood Medical Area were rerouted.
Police arrested the man, who was allegedly making suspicious statements overheard by passengers, but apparently no specific threat. Officials also interviewed people at the scene to learn exactly what he had said.
“He was in a garb, Middle Eastern garb -- appeared to be in need of some type of medical services,” said Linskey.
Police said they treat everything as if it’s the real thing, especially after the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured over 260 on April 15.
The suspect, who is known to police, is being charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with public transportation.