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Commuter rail station reopens after device draws police in Haverhill

A medical sterilizer device was left near the Bradford commuter rail station.

MBTA

A medical sterilizer device was left near the Bradford commuter rail station.

The Bradford commuter rail station in Haverhill has reopened and Transit Police are now reporting that what originally appeared to be a pressure cooker found near a trash bin, was actually a “medical sterilizer-type device” that did not pose a threat to the public.

Transit Police tweeted around 1:45 p.m. that the investigation that began around 11 a.m. was over. The MBTA has been using buses to shuttle passengers between the Haverhill and Lawrence stations while the Transit Police Explosive Detection Unit examined the pan.

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Regular commuter rail service on the Haverhill line has resumed, the MBTA said on its website.

MBTA spokesman Joseph Pesaturo said in an e-mail that someone had apparently discarded what had appeared to be a pressure cooker near a trash receptacle.

“It did not pose a threat,’’ he wrote.

Earlier today, Transit Police Lieutenant Richard Sullivan said the piece of cooking equipment appeared to be empty, but he added officials are not taking any chances.

The Boston Marathon bombers allegedly used homemade devices made out of pressure cookers.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com
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