TD Garden Area Locked Down Overnight for “Suspicious” Pressure Cooker Type Device

On Friday, November 18, 2022, at approximately 01:30 hours, Boston Police officers from District A-1 and the K-9 Unit responded to a 911 call reporting a suspicious device in the area of Causeway Street near TD Garden and the Banners Restaurant.

Officers immediately shut down Causeway Street as soon as they arrived at the scene. They also cleared residents from the surrounding areas to ensure their safety. Worried that the device could be some type of IED type bomb, Police requested the EOD Unit immediately responded.

When the EOD Unit arrived, they began assessing the possibility of a bomb and prepared to further investigate, including officers putting on a full bomb suit. Given the location of the device, Officer’s concerns for public safety grew and they expanded the perimeter, requesting MBTA officers to assist with controlling the scene until the threat was cleared.

After an hour of investigation from explosives experts and bomb techs from the EOD Unit, at approximately 02:30 hours, the device was cleared. Units determined that the package was no threat to the public and was described as a “hoax type device” by first responders. The device in question, an orange pressure cooker, could be seen being removed by officers following the all clear.

With the increase in targeted bomb threats throughout Boston this past year, such as with Childrens Hospital, first responders rightfully used the upmost caution in this situation. Additionally, following the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, where pressure cookers were used, this type of call is quite terrifying.

There is currently no further information on who may have put the package in the area and Police are still investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact A-1 Detectives at 617-343-4248.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.