What to Know
- What appears to be a pressure cooker inside a suitcase was found at the 6 train station at 33rd Street in Midtown, police say
- The NYPD bomb squad determined the package wasn't an explosive shortly before 9 p.m.
- 6 trains were skipping the station in both directions, but service later resumed
A suspicious package was found at a subway station in Midtown on Saturday night, sparking an investigation by police that led to the package being cleared by the NYPD bomb squad.
What appeared to be a pressure cooker was found inside a suitcase at the 33rd Street 6 train station at Park Avenue, according to NYPD spokesman Peter Donald, who said information was preliminary.
The package was discovered shortly after 6 p.m. in the southbound area of the station, according to the NYPD.
The bomb squad gave an “all clear” on the package shortly before 9 p.m., Donald said. It was determined to be abandoned property and not a bomb.
The MTA said subway trains were bypassing the station in both directions as police investigated. Service eventually resumed around 11 p.m.
It wasn't the first pressure cooker to cause a scare since the Chelsea bombing on Sept. 17 of last year. Over the past 14 months, there have been about a half-dozen instances when police investigated abandoned pressure cookers that were found to be harmless.