A pair of abandoned pressure cookers effectively shut-down New York City’s busy morning commute Friday; raising major security concerns before the NYPD confirmed they posed no risk to the public.
“A pair of suspicious rice cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning — but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said,” reports the New York Post. “Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. It was determined safe just after 9:40 a.m., according to cops.”
“I want everyone to know nothing of danger has been found and there’s no indication of any further activity,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“This is the classic if-you-see-something-say-something, but based on everything we know right now we have an all-clear,” he added.
Our @NYPDCT Bomb Squad has cleared the devices inside of Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan. They are NOT explosive devices.
Out of an abundance of caution officers have searched nearby stations. pic.twitter.com/Y32I9DFEDf
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) August 16, 2019
“It’s good that they’re taking all these precautions but it seems like it was deemed safe so I think we’re a little anxious to get back to our day,” said one resident.
Read the full report at the New York Post.