Occupy protesters cause brief lockdown at Boston Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was locked down briefly this afternoon when Occupy Boston protesters began to approach the entrances to the building, officials said.

“This was out of an abundance of caution,’’ said Tom Lavelle, a spokesman for the bank. “Boston police were on hand to ensure that things remained orderly.’’

The lockdown was initiated sometime after 3 p.m. and lasted only a few minutes before protestors dispersed peacefully, Lavelle said.

He was unsure of why the protesters were approaching the bank.

“I would not be inclined to speak as to their motive,’’ he said.

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