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Downtown Crossing closes due to bomb threat

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Police have given the all clear at the Downtown Crossing T station after a man said he had a bomb in a box Wednesday morning.

Transit Police Chief Paul Macmillan said that a 39-year-old man at the fare gates near the Orange Line told MBTA workers that the box he had contained a bomb.

"MBTA employees approached him, saw him carrying something, had a conversation with him. He indicated to them that he had a bomb in this box. And there was a string coming out of the box that made it a little more suspicious for them. So they called it in," said Macmillan.

Orange Line service was suspended between Haymarket and Back Bay while police checked out the box.

The Transit Police's Explosives Detection Unit was on the scene, working to determine if the box posed a threat. They found that the box did not pose a hazard and was full of clothing items and papers.

The man was arrested and taken to Mass. General Hospital for a mental health evaluation. After the evaluation, police will decide what charges to file against him.

Regular service resumed on the Red and Orange lines after one hour, but commuters were told to expect residual delays.

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