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Suspicious pressure cooker leads to shutdown of major intersection near Kenmore Square

Updated, 1:45 p.m.

Boston and State Police shut Charlesgate East at Commonwealth Avenue and the Bowker Overpass after somebody found a pressure cooker just lying there.

State Police report:

The device was a pressure cooker, appeared to be discarded. Does not appear to have been a explosive device. .

Boston Police report one of their officers doing a detail found spotted the device around 11:35 a.m.

Rick reports the bomb squad blew the pressure cooker to smithereens around 12:45 p.m., in what Boston Police called "a controlled detonation." Police add:

No explosives were found.

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So far this week we've had Central Connecticut University, MassBay and now Kenmore all shut down due to "suspicious package(s)".

If i was still in high school i'd bring an empty box to school every Friday and leave it outside.

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It was a discarded pressure cooker, which, given recent events, it is believable that someone would call this in.

Perhaps a bit over the top, but some people will understandably be on edge after what happened.

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If you have an old pressure cooker that you would like to get rid of ... um ... how, exactly, do you throw it out these days?

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not leave it on a street corner?

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In someone's search for cans and bottles the cooker could have been removed from a trashbag and then moved to where the cop found it.

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Good thought for most of Boston, but there's no trash pickup on Comm Ave in Kenmore. Everything goes to alleys or Beacon for the buildings that span both.

Unless someone threw it in a public trashcan on the mall... which warrants the suspicion.

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I've seen trash from the alleys migrate blocks away, and it's not just stuff that the wind blows around. People pick stuff up that been removed from a trash bag and dump it elsewhere (maybe when they realise they don't really need/want what they carrying).

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Without the lid.

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You got to bag and bin that Fagor

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Cut it into at least two pieces with a hacksaw (you need the right kind of blade) and then you can leave it out. Also you may be able to recycle it depending upon what town you are trying to do this.

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Pressure cooker bombs are just a shitty pipe bomb. What did we think it would do? Take out a whole bridge support all by itself? Blow up and kill a duck?

We blew it up...just to be safe. A total overreaction.

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... because blowing things up is FUN!

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I know. For a brief while during my senior year of high school some idiot figured out that calling in a bomb threat would result in the school day being halted for at least 20 minutes. I think there was one day when, after the second threat was called in, the third resulted in a the administration calling the police who did a sweep of the school, but no one was evacuated. Caller didn't learn the importance of pacing oneself in these matters.

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When I was in high school, I loved to run the switchboard. One day when I answered an incoming call, the caller said there was a bomb in the school. I immediately told Sister Francis, who was the nun in charge of the school office. She sighed and said, "Oh Elmer, if we paid any attention to those calls, they'd be closing the school every day!"

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I don't know much about bomb-squading, so maybe someone could educate me.

When 'Rick' reported that they blew the thing to smithereens (underrated 80's band, by the way) does that mean the object was actually explosive to begin with or did they just do the real-life equivalent of throwing the thing into the sun?

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The cops blow shit up with their own explosives... Wouldn't you? :-P

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They use their own explosives to "disrupt" the device, as to make it so the bomb cannot detonate in its intended fashion and if it were an actual bomb, as much evidence would be preserved as possible.

Slate has a decent little story about this from the day after the Marathon http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2013/04/boston...

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Okay, who just throws a pressure cooker out the window of a car? A can of soda, maybe a shoe I can see. But a pressure cooker?

Also, FTA is officially at "Low" between the two things it's time to panic and throw stuff.

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I think it's a popular place to dump random crap. I once saw a guy run up and toss a huge street sign in there and then run away.

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Ha! Your comment made me giggle. Thanks! People be crazy.

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WORST SPACE SAVER EVAH!

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Oh God. This winter is going to be terrifying.

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to the space saver problem. Declare all space savers as suspicious objects.

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