A New York subway station was evacuated during Friday morning’s commute after two rice cookers were found inside the station in lower Manhattan. The New York Police Department’s counterterrorism bureau said on Twitter that the devices at the Fulton Street station, which were initially thought to be pressure cookers, were determined to not be explosive and were deemed safe.
Transit officials rerouted the No. 2 and 3 subway lines to avoid the Fulton Street station, causing delays during the morning commute. The lines connect lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and run under the East River, and service was restored later in the morning.
Person of interest sought
The police were looking for a person of interest, John Miller, the department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, told reporters during a press conference. Miller described the person as a white man in his 20s or 30s with dark hair who was using a shopping cart.
Miller said the man placed the devices at Fulton Street station. He stressed that the man wasn’t considered a suspect and that he may not have meant to cause any harm.
Another pressure cooker investigated
The police department investigated another rice cooker in a different part of Manhattan. That rice cooker was found near the intersection of West 16th Street and Seventh Avenue.
The police said on Twitter that item was also deemed safe.