Man allegedly claimed to have a explosive device near TD Garden

A Connecticut man created a tense situation near TD Garden Wednesday night when he stopped his car on Causeway Street and then handed a note to a Boston police officer, claiming he was armed with a bomb.

Boston police said the incident began around 11:30 p.m. when the officer, working a paid detail on Causeway Street, saw a car pull up to a set of lights, come to a stop and then remain at the traffic light through several cycles.

“The officer approached the vehicle and observed the operator to be unresponsive’’ prompting the officer to reach through the driver’s side window and shut off the idling car.


“The driver, a 22-year old male from Branford Conn., became alert and handed the officer a note which indicated that he had an explosive device on his person,’’ police wrote.

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The officer backed away, and police created a perimeter with yellow tape around the man and his car. After four hours of negotiations, the man stepped out of the car and was taken into custody by police.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to an area hospital for observation and treatment. He will be summonsed into Boston Municipal Court at a later date to face a charge of making a threat about “dangerous items,’’ police said.

The department’s bomb squad detonated the man’s backpack as part of the investigation and no explosive device was found, police said.

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