NYPD Investigating ‘Pressure Cooker’ Devices Found in Subway Station


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.

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.”

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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