Wednesday, January 19, 2005

FBI Investigating 'Dirty Bomb' Threat in Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI said on Wednesday it was investigating a report of a "dirty bomb" threat in Boston, but called the information "uncorroborated."
ABC News reported on Wednesday that teams equipped with radiological sensors were patrolling Boston amid a possible "dirty bomb" threat, but local police said they had no information.

"I haven't heard that we're out there with radiological sensors," said Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz. "Right now all I can tell you is the information that we have has not been corroborated. We have shared the information with our law enforcement partners and we're working aggressively to resolve it."

The ABC News report, broadcast over local Boston radio station WBZ, said an FBI field office in San Diego notified colleagues in Boston that someone may be trying to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.

Marcinkiewicz declined to comment on the source of the information but she noted that the FBI "gets information like this all the time." She would not speculate as to why this particular report had generated so much media interest.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in Washington for President Bush's second inauguration ceremony, was scheduled to discuss the matter during a news conference at 5:30 p.m. EST.

WBZ reported Romney would cut short his trip to Washington and would return to Massachusetts later on Wednesday evening as a result of the report. A spokeswoman for the governor did not rule out that Romney would return to Boston on Wednesday.

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