Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

NYC Subway Station Shut Down After Two Pressure Cookers Found

NYC Subway Station Shut Down After Two Pressure Cookers Found

"Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later".

All three were deemed safe by the NYPD.

Larry Kenton Griffin II, of Bruno, West Virginia, was awaiting arraignment late Saturday in Manhattan's central booking after he was released from a NY hospital where he was being treated and under observation.

"This is the classic if-you-see-something-say-something, but based on everything we know right now we have an all-clear", he added. One of them exploded, injuring nearly three dozen people, although none of them seriously. His father told the NY television station his son is Larry Griffin, of Bruno, West Virginia.

Griffin is also expected to be charged for a case in West Virginia, where police say he showed obscene videos to a young girl.

Police swarmed the initial find around 7 a.m. on the mezzanine and platform of the Fulton Street station, a few blocks from the World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange. "A senior law enforcement official also confirms to NBC 4 NY the identity of the person of interest", WNBC wrote Friday.

Police confirmed on Friday that the suspicious packages found at two different locations in Lower Manhattan earlier today contained no explosives, according to law enforcement officials.

The station was evacuated, traffic outside diverted, and the MTA had trains on the eight lines serving the station to bypass the stop, causing delays across large parts of the system at the height of the morning rush.

A pressure cooker at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan, Aug. 16, 2019, was investigated by the bomb squad.

NY reports the packages appear to be or resemble pressure cookers or rice cookers. The devices were found to be harmless and were taken away by the bomb squad.

Pressure cookers were turned into bombs by a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers when they killed three people and injured more than 200 at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

There was also an explosion in Midtown Manhattan in December 2017 when a Bangladeshi man, Akayed Ullah, detonated a homemade bomb in a pedestrian tunnel connecting two subway lines and a bus terminal.

For safety precautions, the subway station was temporarily shut down during the investigation.

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