It's bad enough that those kids who blew up the pipe bomb in Lexington live nearby. I'm hoping that the whole thing will turn out to be just a stupid, pre-4th of July prank. And thank goodness, no one was hurt. (Lexington is becoming quite the center for explosions, isn't it?) I'm sure the parents are mortified and furious (it was the mom who called the cops).
But now that it's all over, I'm wondering: Who made the decision to let numerous media vehicles onto the street (close to the house in question) yet at the same time barricade the streets to neighborhood traffic? My husband had to park way down the street, then argue politely with a cop about walking to our house (which sits within the evacuated zone) to get me and our son. They nearly didn't let him come home, but fortunately, a police officer took pity on Jim and let him fetch us, with the promise that we'd walk out of the zone immediately.
Yet at no time during this dickering with Jim about crossing the barrier did any official think to either (a) come and escort from our house or at least (b) call us and ask us to leave. My husband was even there to give them the number.
In other words, it wasn't safe for him to swing by for his family, but it was okay for us to sit like potential sitting ducks in the house. And okay for all the local newsmedia to camp outside Maison de Pipe Bomb, just in case something really juicy happened. Are exploding reporters an even bigger story than the one they came to cover?
This does not exactly make me feel safe and secure.
(Photo courtesy of www.cbs4boston.com.)