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Discarded Pressure Cooker Shuts Down Kenmore Square

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BOSTON (CBS) — Police say a discarded pressure cooker is to blame for a scare in Kenmore Square Thursday.

Officers were called in for a suspicious device in the Muddy River under the Bowker Overpass around 11:30 a.m.

As a precaution, authorities shut down the overpass and parts of Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street at Charlesgate Street as the bomb squad took a look at it.

The device was blown up as a precaution. State Police said it did not contain explosives and was not a “hoax device.”

The roads were opened a short time later.

Troopers from the state fire marshal’s office took the remains to the crime lab where it will be analyzed further.

“We are thinking it was a just a discarded pressure cooker in an area known to be frequented by homeless persons,” State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in an email to WBZ-TV.

No one was hurt.

Two pressure cooker bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killed three and injured hundreds of people in April.

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