The suspicious package that caused the evacuation Tuesday evening of a Marshall, Texas gas station and prompted police to call in a bomb squad unit from Barksdale Air Force Base turned out to be a pot of grease.
Police were called to the store near the intersection of Hwy 43 and Washington Avenue just before 5 p.m., after a customer spotted it on the side of the building.
The store itself and everyone within a 250 - 300 foot radius was evacuated as a precaution. Benoit says a bomb squad unit from Barksdale Air Force Base was called in to
investigate, because the city doesn't have a similar unit of it's own.
After an investigation, the bomb squad determined that the device was a pressure cooker filled with grease. There were no explosives in the cooker, Benoit says.
While it turned out to be something harmless, Benoit credits the store clerk for following proper procedure by notifying authorities. "A pot or a pressure cooker on the side of a building is not something that is ordinarily seen," Benoit explains. "This is one of those moments where authorities would rather be safe than sorry."
Especially with the bombing at the Boston marathon so fresh in everyone's minds. "A month ago, this wouldn't have been any kind of issue," Benoit said. "But in light of the incident in Boston, we felt like we should take the proper precautions to make sure everyone was safe."
Authorities have said the explosive devices placed near the finish line at the marathon were contained in pressure cookers. The blasts killed 3 people and injured more than 170.
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