NYC subway station evacuated after suspicious packages found

Law enforcement stand in front of a New York City Subway entrance at the Oculus transportation hub after reports of a suspicious package on a subway platform in New York

New York police investigating 2 suspicious packages resembling pressure cookers, says they are not explosive

Reports said law enforcement have been "highly responsive" to the devices since the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon when brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev used a pressure cooker as an explosive that killed three people and injured over 200. All three devices turned out to be harmless rice cookers, but the discovery disrupted the schedules of tens of thousands of commuters.

The flyer shows him looking nearly at the camera by what appear to be the elevator doors.

Officials are looking for a person of interest in connection to the two suspicious packages found at Fulton Street.

Multiple subway lines were partially suspended during the police investigation and delays continued throughout the morning. He was seen pushing a auto and leaving two items in the station.

The discoveries of the devices, which the city's chief counterterrorism officer called "rice cookers that could be mistaken for pressure cookers", raised concern because of the latter's previous use as makeshift bombs in NY and Boston.

The NYPD tweeted an advisory to those near the subway station early Friday morning. A third cooker was later discovered in another part of town above ground.

"Our @NYPDCT Bomb Squad has cleared the devices inside of Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan".

He says police were trying to identify the man.

In 2016, Ahmad Rahimi abandoned two pieces of luggage filled with pressure cooker bombs on 23rd and 27th street in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea. Police later determined that the third package was not an explosive.

Police are not sure if the incident in Chelsea is connected to the incident was connected to the Fulton Street incidents.

Authorities said the New York Police Department's (NYPD) Bomb Squad determined the pressure cookers were not explosives.

One package was found at Fulton and William streets, and the other was found on the nearby subway platform that serves the 2 and 3 trains, another law enforcement official said. The photos show at least one pressure cooker.

The station is a busy transit hub a few blocks from the World Trade Center, and the proximity to the site of the September 11 attacks served to heighten anxiety before the all-clear was given.

In 2017, would-be suicide attacker Akayed Ullah set off a homemade pipe bomb in an underground passageway at the Times Square subway station during rush hour, seriously injuring himself.

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