Saturday, 2:15 PM
Mannequin protest prompts bomb scare at bank
By Stewart Bishop, Globe Staff
A mannequin chained to the front door of a Kenmore Square bank this morning as part of a protest set off a bomb scare and briefly closed the bank, Boston police said.
Customers and workers at a Bank of America branch were kept inside the bank and police were notified around 9:45 a.m. Fearing a possible bomb, authorities closed off the area.
The bomb squad established that the mannequin was not part of an explosive device, and the chains were removed and the scene was cleared in an hour and a half.
A group that calls itself Mannequins for Climate Justice claimed responsibility for the stunt, saying in a press release that its intent was "to highlight, mock, and resist the fossil fuel industry and its collaborators who are destroying the Earth."
Boston police declined to comment on the group's statement, and said they are continuing to investigate the matter.