A bomb squad responded to a suspicious device that prompted the evacuation of a shopping center in San Ramon on Tuesday morning, but after close examination the squad was able to determine that the object was not a threat to the public, according to police.
Police received a call at 8 a.m. regarding a suspicious device in the area of 3110 Crow Canyon Place, that was described to them as a "pressure cooker with exposed wires." Officers arrived at the location at 8:04 a.m. and evacuated people from the area, according to San Ramon police Capt. Denton Carlson.
The Walnut Creek police bomb squad was called to the scene to assess the device, San Ramon police wrote on Twitter around 10 a.m., and after examining the device determined that it was not a threat to public safety.
“It was just a regular pressure cooker,” Carlson told DanvilleSanRamon.com. “It was more of the strange circumstances surrounding this one that caused us to take the steps we did. Our hunch was the device was harmless but at the same time, why would someone drop off a pressure cooker in the middle of a parking lot. The totality of the circumstances was just enough for us to take the steps we did. No reason we should risk the safety of anyone when there was no reason we couldn't do it safely and with the necessary precautions.”