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Suspicious packages found at Manhattan subway station deemed safe, NYPD says; expect residual train delays

Posted: 7:35 AM, Aug 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-16 11:49:10-04

NEW YORK — Suspicious packages found in a busy Manhattan train station Friday morning have been deemed safe after an NYPD investigation prompted the evacuation of the station.

(NYPD counterterrorism)

A passenger approached officers at the Fulton Street station around 7 a.m. after two empty rice cookers were found on the mezzanine and platform at the station, according to officials.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Bomb Squad were called to the scene for investigation, and they have since deemed the suspicious packages safe.

A third rice cooker device was later found near Seventh Avenue and West 16th Street in Chelsea, a little over two miles away. That suspicious item has also been deemed safe, according to police.

Police are not sure if the incident in Chelsea is connected to the incident was connected to the Fulton Street incidents.

Officials are looking for a person of interest in connection to the two suspicious packages found at Fulton Street. Officials describe the man to be in his 20s or 30s with dark hair. He was seen pushing a car and leaving two items in the station.

People are also advised to expect a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area of Fulton and Williams streets in Manhattan as the investigation continues.

All trains have resumed stopping at Fulton Street station, according to the MTA.

AIR11 was over the scene