Man evaluated after MBTA bomb threat

The scene outside Boston's Downtown Crossing after a bomb scare on May 7, 2014. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
The scene outside Boston’s Downtown Crossing after a bomb scare on May 7, 2014. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

A 39-year-old has been admitted to the hospital for an extended mental health evaluation after telling an MBTA worker at Downtown Crossing Station that he had a bomb, according to a T spokesman.

The man, who was not identified, was transported to Mass General Hospital for a mental health evaluation after he allegedly walked into the station around 8:30 a.m carrying a box, left it on the Orange Line’s northbound platform. The T said he told a T employee that it contained a bomb, then walked away.

Transit Police quickly detained the man, then gave the all clear around 9:30 a.m. after their explosive detection unit discovered that the box did not contain harmful materials.

The investigation snarled the morning commute as investigators closed the station and interfered with Red and Orange Line service. Authorities also evacuated a construction site and stores nearby.

It is unclear if he will face charges.

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