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Boston's South Station has been EVACUATED

 
 
Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 10:14 am
i know this bcos i just came from there.
the entire station is roped off, and there are many BPD cruisers, fire trucks, EMS and TV news vans.
people are milling around everywhere.

details are sketchy at this point.
this from WHDH.com, a local news station --
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BREAKING NEWS: South Station has been evacuated due to a suspicious piece of luggage.


someone in my office heard that a bag THAT WAS MAKING A TICKING NOISE was left unattended at the information booth...

more to follow -- hopefully it will turn out to be a false alarm...
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Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 10:40 am
Package Prompts South Station Evacuation
Call Received Thursday Morning

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12:21 pm EDT July 28, 2005
BOSTON -- A report of a suspicious package at Boston's South Station rail terminal prompted the evacuation of the entire station Thursday morning. Police also cordoned off surrounding streets.

MBTA police and Boston fire and police crews secured the area and determined the station to be safe just before noon, but not before the closure of streets around the station snarled traffic leading into the downtown area. No injuries were reported.

According to police, a call on a suspicious package was received about 10:50 a.m., primarily affecting commuter rail service into South Station. Officials said service on the Red Line was not affected and it was running on schedule.

North Station was not affected by the shut down.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rail and bus lines operate out of South Station, as do Amtrak trains.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 11:11 am
So a false alarm?
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 12:34 pm
yeah...
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The station was declared safe and reopened after it was determined that a ticking sound coming from a piece of luggage was a cassette player left on inside the bag, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesatauro said.

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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 02:35 pm
we had a second crack at it this morning

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/07/28/ttc050728.html

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Bomb threat halts Toronto subway for an hour


it's at least weekly now that we're hearing about these
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