A few minutes after 2 p.m. Thursday, a woman watched a man place a back pack under the “showmobile,” Plymouth’s portable stage, in Pilgrim Memorial Park. Then he seemed to do something with wires. She called Plymouth Police.
The park surrounds Plymouth Rock off Water Street. Police closed Water Street from Brewster to Union, moved pedestrians from the area and evacuated The Deck restaurant a few yards across the harbor. The fire department arrived, then the state police bomb squad.
Police identified a homeless man, known to them, in the area. He volunteered he had placed the bag under the stage, the customary place he stashed his belongings, and used the stage’s electrical connection to charge his cell phone.
The bomb squad carefully moved the bag from under the stage, opened it from a distance and found the man’s personal property.
After an hour of frantic activity, the fire truck returned to the nearby fire headquarters, the police left the area and people walked their dogs past the momentarily dangerous spot.