A new pressure cooker was found under the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx on September 21, causing traffic backups. However, it might not have been an IED style device at all.
ABC 7 said a portion of the expressway was shut down due to a “suspicious package.” A short time later, police gave the “all clear” for traffic to proceed.
It was the second report of a “suspicious package” to cause headaches for New Yorkers in one day. Earlier, Times Square was briefly closed down while police investigated a suitcase that ended up being empty.
That evening, police in Dearborn, Michigan were also checking out a suspicious package in a Wal-Mart parking lot:
In the Bronx, people had tweeted that they were at a standstill:
This news comes as New Yorkers were starting to breathe a sigh of relief after the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami in the New Jersey and New York IED explosions. A pressure cooker device that police now attribute to Rahami was found unexploded in the wake of the Chelsea bombing. The new device was found hours after police announced they were seeking two men they say looked into a suitcase bearing the pressure cooker device found on the night of the Chelsea explosion, said Fox News.
According to ABC 7, police said the suspicious package found under the expressway on September 21 was a pressure cooker. However, no wires or cell phones were found in the Major Deegan device, said ABC 7.
Videos and photos showed a large police response to the scene.
The New York Post said the device was “discovered at East 134th Street & Alexander Avenue at around 7 p.m.,” according to police. The Post said it was found under the expressway, and police were assessing whether it was dangerous.
Some people tried to make light of the situation on Twitter:
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