Suspicious items cause concern in Miami
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A pressure cooker left out for trash in a South Florida neighborhood was just one of several incidents that caused concern for officials, Thursday.
7 Skyforce HD hovered over the pressure cooker found on a sidewalk near a house in the area of Southwest 29th Avenue and 25th Terrace. This proved a frightening scene for some, as authorities in Boston have confirmed that the bombs that exploded during the marathon on Monday were made out of pressure cookers. Someone called police after noticing it sitting on the street.
Authorities later said it was a misunderstanding, and the pressure cooker had been only left out for trash pick up. One man who lives near where it was found confirmed the mistake. "Our neighbor left a pressure cooker outside for someone who wanted it, to pass by and pick it up," said Eddie Dominguez. "But, with everything that's going on in Boston and everything going on in the States, I guess the lady passed by and got nervous and called the cops, and then the cops started showing up and closing the streets."
Also, in Miami, the bomb squad was called out to a suspicious bag in the middle of the street near 911 West Flagler Street. Police said 911 was written on it. Drivers saw the suspicious bag and called police.
Crews later deemed it harmless, and it was denoted. Luis Rodriguez a nearby business owner said, "Oh, yeah, it's scary, especially after everything's that's going on. You never know."
Earlier that morning, at around 5 a.m., at Miami International Airport, a passenger attempted to pass through a security checkpoint with a cigarette lighter in the shape of a grenade. "As you can tell, this incident turned out to be nothing, but we can never take chances when we have items that looked like weapons or firearms inside the screening checkpoint," said an MIA security spokesperson. "In this case, we had a passenger that had a grenade lighter, and it definitely looked like a grenade. Our TSA employees did the right thing in intercepting it and the bomb squad obviously had to resolve it."
The incident happened at one of Concourse D's checkpoints, when an inspector detected the small item. The passenger claimed he forgot the lighter was in his bag. "A lighter I had for several years, and I came from Boston with it and I wasn't stopped," said the man. "I forgot that the lighter was in there."
The discovery prompted the evacuation of Concourse D and the closure of the inner loop. The evacuations caused traffic delays at the airport, and passengers were diverted to different checkpoints, but no flights were affected by this incident. The passenger will not face any charges because the novelty item is not illegal.
Business is also once again flowing as usual along Flagler Street, including a food giveaway by the organization, Feed the Children, at the Salvation Army, which had been delayed as a result of the scare. Hundreds people lined up to collect the donations.
The latest of these stories included a package addressed to Barack Obama, which was found in a warehouse area in Sweetwater, late Thursday afternoon. Miami-Dade Police bomb squad responded and detonated it.
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