Pressure cooker on Port Morris street snarls traffic

A pressure cooker left on the side of a Port Morris Street on Wednesday afternoon led to major traffic delays on the Major Deegan Expressway, before NYPD’s counterterrorism unit found the device was benign.

By Imad Khan.
By Imad Khan.Police barricade Port Morris streets while investigating a bomb scare on Sept. 20.

A pressure cooker found under the Major Deegan Expressway caused major traffic delays on Bronx highways Wednesday afternoon, after police were called to investigate.

By Imad Khan.
By Frank Rampino. A pressure cooker sits at the side of Alexander Ave. and 134th Street.

Frank Rampino was in Mott Haven test driving a car and was on his way back to his parked vehicle when he spotted the pressure cooker on the side of the street at the intersection of Alexander Ave. and East 134th Street. “I see the traffic tow-truck, ready to tow the car in front of me, when I looked—that’s what made me look more—on the floor, I see the pressure cooker,” said Rampino, 58. “I told him ‘don’t move that car, this might be a bomb, could be something, I’m going to get the police.’ I drove down four blocks to 138th St. Got a cop, they followed me back.”

Police quickly responded and the area was cordoned off as officers investigated.

This investigation comes just days after bombs made in part with pressure cookers were found in Chelsea and New Jersey. On Sept. 18, a bomb went off in Chelsea, leaving 31 injured. All have been released from the hospital. Suspect Ahmed Rahimi is currently in the hospital following a shootout with police, and has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.

An NYPD representative confirmed to the Mott Haven Herald that a pressure cooker was on the scene, that its bomb squad deemed it to be safe, and that traffic backups on Bruckner Blvd were related to the pressure cooker.