The New York Police Department is investigating a pair of pressure cookers found lying near a New York subway station in Lower Manhattan, officials say.
Early on Friday morning, the NYPD brought out its bomb squad at a Chelsea station when at least one commuter phoned in a reports of two pressure cooker devices sitting near a garbage can, according to the New York Post.
Train service was shut down and the stations evacuated for about an hour as the NYPD investigated.
Our @NYPDCT Bomb Squad has cleared the devices inside of Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan. They are NOT explosive devices.
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) August 16, 2019
Officials released a warning or commuters to avoid the Fulton Street subway station until the all clear was given.
The NYPD also tweeted out a notice about the incident.
“ADVISORY,” the tweet began, “Please avoid the area of Fulton St & William St in the Fulton St subway station (Manhattan) due to a police investigation. Expect a police presence and emergency vehicles in the area. Check @NYCTSubway for possible schedule changes. More info to follow.”
ADVISORY: Please avoid the area of Fulton St & William St in the Fulton St subway station (Manhattan) due to a police investigation. Expect a police presence and emergency vehicles in the area. Check @NYCTSubway for possible schedule changes. More info to follow. pic.twitter.com/aFIXuhYAf6
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 16, 2019
Joe Vieitez, 28, praised the quick actions of the police.
“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,” Vieitez said.
The NYPD later announced that they were seeking a “person of interest,” according to CBS News.
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.
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.
The train service has since been resumed.
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