Boston Federal Courthouse Being Evacuated

BOSTON — The federal courthouse in Boston was being evacuated Wednesday afternoon following conflicting reports that a possible suspect in this week’s bombings was being taken there.

Around 3 p.m., a TPM reporter inside the courthouse heard loudspeakers announce, “Code red, code red. Building evacuation immediately.” Court staff and others inside then began quickly filing out of the building.

Fire trucks were seen in front of the building, along with a police officer accompanying a dog sniffing the trunks of cars. 

Live video outside the courthouse showed police yelling at a crowd things like, “Get out of the way!” and “You have to leave the area!”

TPM’s Eric Lach contributed reporting from the Boston.


Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at