Pressure cooker found in Saugus mall parking area
SAUGUS, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Square One Mall in Saugus was evacuated Monday after suspicious device was found in a parking garage at the mall.
“It appears to probably be a 2.5-quart pressure cooker, stainless steel in nature,” said Lt. Ronald Giorgetti of the Saugus police department.
Pressure cookers were used in the Boston Marathon bombs, which killed three people and injured more than 260.
Police said the pressure cooker found in Saugus was not in a box or a bag.
“It was left, just the cooker, it was left adjacent to a parked motor vehicle, in plain sight within the mall parking,” said Giorgetti.
A 1,000-yard buffer zone was set up around the pressure cooker. Best Buy and Workout World were evacuated.
People waited in the rain, unable to return to their cars.
“And they won’t let anyone from underneath there, whoever’s cars is underneath there or anything can’t get their cars, stuck here in the mall for over 2.5 hours,” said Melissa Delvecchio, who was evacuated from the mall.
State police sent in a bomb squad, which used robotics to determine the pressure cooker was empty. The all clear was given, but only after hours of uncertainty and anxiety.
Police did not destroy the device. They are keeping it as evidence. Although no one was injured, if it’s found the device was left on purpose to scare people it is considered a felony.