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Bomb squad responds to another pressure cooker in Saugus

SAUGUS — A pressure cooker that looks like it was used to cook beans was the source of a bomb scare in Saugus Monday morning.

Saugus police Lt. Ronald Giorgetti said police responded to the Rite Aid off of Route 1 South at around 7:10 a.m. Monday after a caller reported she found a pressure cooker inside a trash barrel. The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad responded and with the use of a robot, determined the pressure cooker was not dangerous.

Giorgetti said it turned out to be a discarded pressure cooker that had been used to “cook some sort of beans.”

Photos provided by Saugus Police show what appears to be burned residue and beans stuck to the bottom of the pressure cooker.

Giorgetti said a portion of the parking lot was closed and access restricted to the parking lot. After the pressure cooker was declared safe, police cleared the scene at around 9:30 a.m.

Giorgetti said the caller had the right intentions of reporting the pressure cooker and urged the public to report suspicious items, but noted “discarding or disposing of items such as a pressure cooker in a trash receptacle clearly visible to public is irresponsible.”

“This particular incident caused a disruption to area business and unnecessary allocation of resources to analyze/examine the article,” said Giorgetti.

In June, portions of the Square One Mall were evacuated after a pressure cooker was found in the parking lot. The bomb squad determined that pressure cooker was also empty.

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