WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some managers told 22News the standoff on Route 5 kept customers out of their stores, not just because of the inconvenience, but because of concerns for their safety.
Riverdale Street was shut down in both directions, between the Rave Cinemas and McDonald’s, while West Springfield and State Police secured several pipe bombs found in a distraught veteran’s pickup truck.
Nearby by businesses said the news cleared out the customers. Kohl’s Assistant Store Manager Mohammed Abbasi said, “There were a couple of people. They all just wanted to get out of here because they heard near McDonalds, there was something going on and police were closing off. They wanted to take off as quickly as possible.”
Businesses usually bustling on a Monday evening said the incident made for a very slow night. Franklin Cruz-Rosa of Bueno Y Sano said, “Monday’s you know the line is like nearly out the door, and stuff like that. It’s very busy. Tonight it seems very slow and very calm, and this explains why. We’re kind of shocked.”
Part of Riverdale Street was eventually re-opened at about 9:00 p.m. Monday.