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Dec 4, 2015 4:16 PM

Police detonate suspicious package in Boston, arrest suspect in Lawrence, Mass.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Police have destroyed a suspicious package found near a busy Boston road.

Fox News reports James Derepentigny, 50, was arrested Friday afternoon in Lawrence, Mass. and charged with planting a hoax device.

The package, which looked like a suitcase with a floral print, was destroyed by a controlled detonation just before noon Friday, sending a boom echoing off nearby skyscrapers. It had wires in it, no explosives

Police Commissioner William Evans said the item was spotted at about 9:50 a.m. by a routine Department of Homeland Security patrol near the Coast Guard office on Atlantic Avenue. Evans said the suitcase was placed near a marked Homeland Security vehicle by an unidentified man who then hurried away.

Evans said an X-ray of the suitcase revealed wires and a potential "power source" but stressed police don't believe it was an explosive device.

Officials closed off the area as a police robot moved the package off the road where it was detonated.


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