- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Police believe whoever left a pressure cooker at an Everett gas station, just 25 miles north of Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday intended to instill fear on a day Americans are already on edge.

Police say someone drove up to the gas pump at a Fred Meyer store at about 5:45 a.m. and placed the pressure cooker on the ground before driving away, the Associated Press reported.

“Someone just set it next to the pumps to make everyone scared,” said Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell, according to the Seattle Times

An employee called 911, and a bomb squad detonated the pressure cooker about 8 a.m., determining that it was not an explosive.

Pressure cookers have been used to create homemade bombs, including the ones that killed three people at the Boston Marathon in April.

Authorities are reviewing surveillance video and asking for tips to help find the hoaxer, the AP said.

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