Aldi grocery store cleared after suspicious object spotted in parking lot

Published June 6 2018
Updated June 6 2018

CLEARWATER — An Aldi grocery store that was evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious object was spotted in the parking lot has been cleared.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, it turned out to be a metal pressure cooker with a brown fedora on top. The store at 24756 U.S. 19 N was still evacuated out of an abundance of caution. The report came in just before 11 a.m.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad cleared the scene, and the store is back open. No threats were made, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators don’t know who left it there.