Bomb squad disposes of pressure cooker found beneath Boston overpass

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- The Boston Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene of a pressure cooker found in Boston Thursday.

Investigators tell FOX 25 the cooking device was found beneath the overpass of Bowker Street at about noon. The bomb squad took the pressure cooker apart to investigate its contents.

The Bowker overpass, Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street and Charlesgate near Kenmore Square were closed as police investigated.

State police say the cooker was destroyed as a precaution although it did not appear to contain explosives. Officials tell FOX 25 they believe the item was discarded.

The discovery raised concern since pressure cookers have been used to create explosives in the past, including the two bombs used at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.