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MTA Stops L Train Service in Manhattan After Finding Pressure Cooker Under Bench

The Manhattan L train service was halted at rush hour on Tuesday after a pressure cooker was found under a bench on First Avenue and 14th Street.

The L train service was stopped between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue in both directions at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday and the bomb squad was called in.

The pressure cooker was found under a bench on the southbound platform of the L train, police said.

By 5:42 p.m. the bomb squad had deemed the situation safe, and trains were running again. Police were investigating how the pressure cooker got left at the station.

The change followed an earlier rail condition at Queensboro Plaza that was causing major disruptions along the No. 7 subway line Tuesday afternoon, officials say. 

The MTA said around 3:10 p.m. that 34th Street-bound 7 trains were terminating at Queensboro Plaza, while Main Street-bound 7 trains were terminating at Hunters Point Avenue. 

Straphangers were advised to use the N or W trains as alternatives.

The nature of that rail condition wasn't immediately clear, nor was it known how long it would take to be fixed. 

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