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Police Detonate Abandoned Pressure Cooker in Kenmore Square

No explosive material found; investigation under way


Boston police detonated a pressure cooker left in Kenmore Square yesterday shortly after 12:30 p.m.

There were no explosives found in the cooker debris afterwards, says Peter Fiedler (COM’77), BU’s vice president for administrative services. Police rerouted cars and pedestrians away from the scene, on the east side of the intersection of Charlesgate East and Commonwealth Avenue. “It wasn’t near any BU buildings,” says Boston University Police Department Captain Robert Molloy. BUPD Sgt. Larry Manning says there were no other devices or packaging with the cooker.

Boston and state police bomb squads detonated the pressure cooker as a precaution. They are investigating who left the cooker and why.

“Obviously, that’s a huge question,” Fiedler says. “It’s a little unnerving in this particular city,” seven months after the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people, including BU student Lu Lingzi (GRS’13). The alleged bombers used pressure cookers to make their devices.

“If it’s someone’s idea of a practical joke, it’s a very bad one,” Fiedler says.

The Boston Herald reports that more than 15 Boston and state police cruisers and bomb squad technicians were at the scene along the Muddy River near Kenmore Square after the controlled detonation.

Rich Barlow

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

6 Comments on Police Detonate Abandoned Pressure Cooker in Kenmore Square

  • Bu undergrad on 11.08.2013 at 7:34 am

    Everyone likes to forget about danielsen hall

    • WHB on 11.08.2013 at 10:33 am

      That overpass is nowhere near Danielsen Hall. In fact, that location is closer to Myles than it is to Danielsen (and it’s already pretty far from the former). So it’s true that this wasn’t near any BU buildings.

      • Bu danielsen res on 11.09.2013 at 12:20 am

        Cept I walk under that bridge everyday…

  • TS on 11.08.2013 at 10:33 am

    Or… maybe someone just threw out a pressure cooker they weren’t using?

    • BU Alumnus on 11.09.2013 at 8:10 pm

      Yeah, I throw out my old pressure cookers on Comm. Ave all the time.

  • Whambulance on 11.08.2013 at 10:44 am

    Geography major, huh? Just as close, if not closer to Myles and you don’t hear them complaining about limelight, do ya?

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