Pressure cookers have been used to make bombs in the past. Police swarmed the initial find around 7 a.m. on the mezzanine and platform of the Fulton Street station, a few blocks from the World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange.
Dozens of suspicious packages are reported daily in New York City, but the proximity to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks served to heighten anxiety before police gave the all-clear. About two hours later, a third rice cooker — the same make, year and model — was also found about 2 miles away on a sidewalk in the Chelsea neighborhood, prompting another police investigation before it was determined to be safe.
“This is a frightening world we live in, and all of these situations have to be taken seriously because God forbid one day it’s a real device,” said Cuomo. “We learned the hard way after 9/11, and we are prepared.”
Michael Oji, a New Jersey resident who works in lower Manhattan, said he’s lived in the metro area for more than 20 years and saw the additional security that came to the area after the Sept. 11 attacks. “Going to work in the morning, thinking that everything’s OK, and you run into something like this, it’s scary,” he said just outside an entrance to the station that had been closed off by armed officers.