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Bomb squad blows up abandoned pressure cooker near school

August 30, 2018

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A police bomb squad has blown up a pressure cooker that was found abandoned near a Connecticut elementary school, scaring parents and prompting a shelter-in-place order for students and staff.

Meriden police responded to a reported suspicious item near Israel Putnam Elementary School at about 8 a.m. Thursday.

The state police bomb squad was called in and safely detonated the pressure cooker at about 10:30 a.m. The school’s shelter-in-place order was lifted shortly afterward, as worried parents tried to pick up their children.

Authorities do not believe the pressure cooker was made into a bomb, but they declined to say what was inside it. The devices have been used to make bombs including two that detonated at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

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