Suspicious packages found in New York subway cleared

Posted at 7:12 AM, Aug 16, 2019

Bomb squad officers have deemed two suspicious packages found Friday morning around a downtown New York subway station safe, the New York Police Department said.

"They are NOT explosive devices," the NYPD chief of counterterrorism's account tweeted.

The items were pressure cookers, according to two law enforcement sources. They do not appear to be modified in any way, one of the sources said. Authorities are looking into whether the items were left behind.

One package was found at Fulton and William streets, and the other was found on the nearby subway platform that serves the 2 and 3 trains, another law enforcement official said.

Subway trains are bypassing the area for now.

A New York Police Department emergency services unit also responded around 7:15 a.m. ET to the scene, the official said. Three New York Fire Department units were sent to the scene of the Fulton Street subway complex, as well, a department spokesperson said.