Third suspicious package found in Manhattan deemed safe: police

CHELSEA, Manhattan — A third suspicious package found in Manhattan Friday morning has been deemed safe, police said.

Police were called about a suspicious package near a trash can along 16th Street and Seventh Avenue in Chelsea around 8:10 a.m., authorities said.

The third package, which police said was an empty rice cooker, found shortly after two other suspicious packages were deemed safe at the Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan, officials said.

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

All three rice cookers are the same make, year and model, officials said.

The two locations are just over two miles apart.

Expect a heavy presence of police and emergency vehicles in the area, police said.

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