Both Red and Orange line service halted around 8:45 a.m. The Filene's construction site and Macy's were evacuated. Barricades went up around the intersection of Washington and Summer and Winter streets.
WHDH reports a
dumbass man was taken into custody after telling Orange Line workers the box he was carrying contained a bomb.
The MBTA reports the man was given a ride over to Mass. General for a mental-health evaluation.
As the bomb squad examined the box, hundreds of riders sat on idle trains on the Red and Orange lines. Joey J reports:
My MBTA train was stuck for a good 15 minutes. Then to make matters worse, some dude pulled out his ukulele.
Around 9:40 a.m., riders on the Orange Line were told normal service was resuming. By 9:50 a.m., little evidence remained of the shutdown, beyond some police tape still clinging to some walls. Erhu Guy was on the Oak Grove platform, busy erhuing.
Workers on the Filene's project got an unscheduled break. Photo by Nick Green):