Discarded pressure cooker causes scare in East Boston

The Boston police bomb squad investigated a pressure cooker found in East Boston this morning, but determined it did not contain explosives, police said.

The incident happened on Lexington Street. Boston firefighters also responded to the scene, officials said.

At the nearby Hugh Roe O’Donnell elementary school, the investigation led staff to put the school into “safe mode,’’ said Boston public schools spokesman Brian Ballou. The school backs up to the property that police were investigating.


Police believe the pressure cooker had been discarded, a department spokesman said.

Homemade bombs made from pressure cookers were allegedly used in the April 15 Boston Marathon terror bombings. One bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a confrontation with police; the other, his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in federal custody awaiting a trial that could bring him the death penalty.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.