World_news NYC bomb scare: Rice cookers originally thought to be pressure cookers that sparked Fulton Street subway station evacuation in New York City deemed safe – live updates – CBS News


NYPD bomb squad clears suspicious packages at Fulton Street subway station

A New York subway station was evacuated during Friday morning’s commute after two rice cookers were found inside the station in lower Manhattan. The New York Police Department’s counterterrorism bureau said on Twitter that the devices at the Fulton Street station, which were initially thought to be pressure cookers, were determined to not be explosive and were deemed safe.

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.

— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) August 16, 2019

Transit officials rerouted the No. 2 and 3 subway lines to avoid the Fulton Street station, causing delays during the morning commute. The lines connect lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and run under the East River, and service was restored later in the morning.

World_news Person of interest sought

The police were looking for a person of interest, John Miller, the department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, told reporters during a press conference. Miller described the person as a white man in his 20s or 30s with dark hair who was using a shopping cart.

The NYPD is looking to locate and identify this individual who’s wanted for questioning in regard to the suspicious items inside the Fulton Street subway station this morning in Lower Manhattan. Contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS with info – alert a cop or call 911 if you see him.

— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) August 16, 2019

Miller said the man placed the devices at Fulton Street station. He stressed that the man wasn’t considered a suspect and that he may not have meant to cause any harm.

World_news Another pressure cooker investigated

The police department investigated another rice cooker in a different part of Manhattan. That rice cooker was found near the intersection of West 16th Street and Seventh Avenue.

The police said on Twitter that item was also deemed safe.

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