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Aldi grocery store cleared after suspicious object spotted in parking lot

CHRIS URSO   |   Times An unidentified Hillsborough Bomb Squad member is seen near the entrance to Aldi located at 24756 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Members of the Hillsborough County Bomb Squad were called to the location after a suspicious device was found near a wall in the south end of the parking lot. The device turned out to be an empty pressure cooker with a hat on top.
CHRIS URSO | Times An unidentified Hillsborough Bomb Squad member is seen near the entrance to Aldi located at 24756 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Members of the Hillsborough County Bomb Squad were called to the location after a suspicious device was found near a wall in the south end of the parking lot. The device turned out to be an empty pressure cooker with a hat on top.
Published Jun. 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.

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