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Bomb Squad Destroys Pressure Cooker On East Boston Street

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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.

The electrical charge is sent along the yellow line. (WBZ-TV)

The yellow line is part of what police call the disruption device. (WBZ-TV)

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.

A fraction of a second later, the pressure cooker was destroyed. (WBZ-TV)

A fraction of a second later, the pressure cooker was destroyed. (WBZ-TV)

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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