An investigation was underway and many residents had been evacuated after the discovery of unknown, potentially hazardous material in the basement of a building in the Fenway neighborhood Tuesday night.
Streets were closed about a block in either direction around 76 KilmarnockStreet, and residents at a nearby home for seniorshave been told to shelter in place, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters Tuesday night.
Investigators found a container filled with "some type of chemical," and other"gadgets" making up "some type of lab," Evans said.
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He said chemical tests were being conducted, and said the area would be re-opened once investigators determined there was "nothing sinister going on."
Police, Evans said, want to "err on the side of caution," particularly with a Red Sox game at nearby Fenway Park set to wrap up in fewer than two hours.