EAST BOSTON (CBS) – The bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker left unattended on a street in East Boston Tuesday morning.
Boston Police were called to a house on Lexington Street near the O’Donnell Elementary School around 9:30 a.m. after the device was discovered on the sidewalk.
A member of the bomb squad set up a disruption device near the pressure cooker and a few minutes later it was blown up.
No one was hurt.
Police later said the pressure cooker was empty.
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A spokesperson for Boston Public Schools told WBZ-TV the device was not on school grounds and students and teachers were not in any danger, but the school was put into safe mode as a precaution.
Police say a neighbor called them to alert them to the device. They’re not sure yet who put it on the sidewalk.
Two pressure cookers were used as explosives in the Boston Marathon bombings last year.
“People are sensitive to this. We’ve had a lot of people go through a serious crisis this year with pressure cookers. It’s no joke. We don’t take it as a joke. We’ll never take it as a joke,” Boston Police Capt. Kelley McCormick told WBZ-TV.
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