Third suspicious package is found in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood deemed safe

A third suspicious device was found in downtown New York Friday morning, just moments after officials gave the ‘all clear’ to two other suspect packages found in a subway station near the World Trade Center.  

The third suspicious package was found near a garbage can in Chelsea on West 16th Street and 7th Avenue. 

The item has since been deemed safe by explosive specialists and appeared to be an unmodified rice cooker – similar to the first two items found earlier Friday, police revealed. 

The discovery of the third item came just moments after the NYPD’s counterterrorism squad said two suspicious packages found at Fulton Street Station were not explosive. 

A third suspicious device was found in downtown New York Friday morning, just moments after officials gave the 'all clear' to two other suspect packages found in a subway station near the World Trade Center

A third suspicious device was found in downtown New York Friday morning, just moments after officials gave the 'all clear' to two other suspect packages found in a subway station near the World Trade Center

A third suspicious device was found in downtown New York Friday morning, just moments after officials gave the ‘all clear’ to two other suspect packages found in a subway station near the World Trade Center

Police say a major lower Manhattan subway station near the One World Trade Center has been evacuated following the discovery of two suspicious packages

Police say a major lower Manhattan subway station near the One World Trade Center has been evacuated following the discovery of two suspicious packages

One of the packages was found inside Fulton Street station, and the other was found on a near by platform that carries 2 and 3 trains

One of the packages was found inside Fulton Street station, and the other was found on a near by platform that carries 2 and 3 trains

Police say two suspicious packages found inside a major lower Manhattan subway station near the One World Trade Center were not explosives, after an early morning scare 

One of the packages was found inside Fulton Street station, and the other was found on a near by platform that carries 2 and 3 trains

One of the packages was found inside Fulton Street station, and the other was found on a near by platform that carries 2 and 3 trains

One of the packages was found inside Fulton Street station, and the other was found on a near by platform that carries 2 and 3 trains

They were confirmed to be rice cookers did not appear to be modified in any way, according to two law enforcement.  

One of the cookers was found inside Fulton Street station, and the other was found on a near by platform that carries 2 and 3 trains. 

In a tweet, NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James R. Waters said the devices have now been cleared, and said they were ‘NOT explosive devices’. 

Investigators are working to find out whether the items were left behind.

‘Out of an abundance of caution officers have searched nearby stations,’ Waters added.       

Authorities were alerted to the scene at around 7:15 am Friday. There were no reports of injuries

Authorities were alerted to the scene at around 7:15 am Friday. There were no reports of injuries

Authorities were alerted to the scene at around 7:15 am Friday. There were no reports of injuries

In a tweet, NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James R. Waters said the devices have now been cleared, and said they were 'NOT explosive devices'

In a tweet, NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James R. Waters said the devices have now been cleared, and said they were 'NOT explosive devices'

In a tweet, NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James R. Waters said the devices have now been cleared, and said they were ‘NOT explosive devices’

Fulton Street Station was evacuated as a precaution, along with near-by subway stops as well (pictured: Commuters are redirected by law enforcement at the Oculus transportation hub)

Fulton Street Station was evacuated as a precaution, along with near-by subway stops as well (pictured: Commuters are redirected by law enforcement at the Oculus transportation hub)

Fulton Street Station was evacuated as a precaution, along with near-by subway stops as well (pictured: Commuters are redirected by law enforcement at the Oculus transportation hub)

Authorities were alerted to Fulton Street Station at around 7:15 am Friday, before giving the all clear just over an hour later at 8:20am.

The station, one of New York’s busiest commuter hubs and just a short distance from the World Trade Center, was evacuated as a precaution. 

Three New York Fire Department units were also sent to the scene of the police investigation near the Fulton Street subway complex, a department spokesperson said. 

There were no reports of injuries but the morning commute was heavily disrupted.   

An NYPD anti-terror officer prevents pedestrians to pass, as police seal off area in the financial district around the the Fulton Street

An NYPD anti-terror officer prevents pedestrians to pass, as police seal off area in the financial district around the the Fulton Street

An NYPD anti-terror officer prevents pedestrians to pass, as police seal off area in the financial district around the the Fulton Street 

Fulton Street Station is one of New York's busiest commuter hubs and just a short distance from the World Trade Center

Fulton Street Station is one of New York's busiest commuter hubs and just a short distance from the World Trade Center

Fulton Street Station is one of New York’s busiest commuter hubs and just a short distance from the World Trade Center

There were no reports of injuries but the morning commute was heavily disrupted

There were no reports of injuries but the morning commute was heavily disrupted

There were no reports of injuries but the morning commute was heavily disrupted

In 2017, a would-be suicide attacker set off a homemade pipe bomb in an underground passageway at the Times Square subway station during rush hour, seriously injuring himself. 

A year earlier, Ahmad Rahimi, left luggage with two pressure cooker bombs on 23rd and 27th streets in Chelsea. 

The one on 23rd Street exploded and injured nearly three dozen people, none of them seriously. The device on 27th Street never exploded. 

Rahimi was captured days later after a gun battle with police in Linden, New Jersey. He was sentenced to multiple life terms last year. 

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