A bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax was called into the Apple Store in Back Bay Saturday night, prompting an evacuation as authorities swept the area for explosives, according to Boston police.
The call was phoned into the business at 815 Boylston St. around 7 p.m., said Officer James Kenneally, a Boston police spokesman. A bomb squad responded to the scene, and the department announced the area was safe approximately 35 minutes after the threat.
By 8:25, most customers were not aware there had been an evacuation.
Chris Wang of Malden said he had seen people filing down the store’s steps, but didn’t know the reason. “Everyone actually looked curious, like they wanted to know what was going on,” said Wang.
Frank November of the South End said that when he arrived at the store, the area was taped off. “I just got a cup of coffee and waited,” he said.
Employees declined to comment. Police said the incident is under investigation.