The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad detonated a “suspicious device” found in downtown Boston on Tuesday, though they said it had not yet been determined if the device was hazardous.
The device was found near an approach ramp to a major interstate highway, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the site where a memorial ceremony is scheduled to mark the anniversary of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured 264.
State police said they detonated the device out of an abundance of caution.
The State Police bomb squad has detonated a suspicious device near South Station.
While attempting to determine if the item in question, which was spotted near a Departmeant of Transportation building by a State Police officer earlier this morning, was actually a hazardous device, the bomb squad decided to err on the side of caution and detonate it.
According to the Boston Globe, first responders initially considered the device a “possible pipe bomb.”
State Police have dispatched their bomb squad to the site and the Boston Fire Department has appartus standing by at the 185 Kneeland St., a building familiar to commuters heading to South Station, the O’Neill tunnel and the MassPike.
All highway ramps that were closed during this morning’s investigation have since reopened, the Globe reported officials saying.