Bomb squad detonates pressure cooker found outside Connecticut school


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A pressure cooker led to a heavy police presence outside of a Meriden, Connecticut, elementary school on Thursday morning.

Meriden police confirm to News 8 that there was a heavy police response to Israel Putnam Elementary School at 133 Parker Avenue due to a suspicious item. 

According to police, the call came in reporting the suspicious package at around 7:45 a.m. and schools were notified at around 8:20 a.m. The students were already on their way to school so school officials decided to have them come in and be put in a shelter in place.

The elementary school was not evacuated but parents were able to get their children from the school.

The Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene and confirmed that the suspicious package was a pressure cooker. They then lifted the lid and detonated the pressure cooker. 

Everyone is safe and at 10:50 a.m. school officials lifted the shelter in place. School is also still in session for students. 

Park Avenue has been reopened to traffic. 

The situation has been resolved but the incident remains under investigation. 

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