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BPD: Suspicious item that lead to building evacuation was an empty rice cooker

Posted at 9:59 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 14:16:14-04

A suspicious item that lead to the evacuation of a building in Southwest Bakersfield was an empty rice cooker, according to Bakersfield Police.

According to BPD, officers were called out around 8:21 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19 for a suspicious item in the 5300 block of Office Center Court.

A bomb squad was dispatched to the scene. Bomb squad crews used an X-ray to determine the rice cooker was empty before opening it.

The scene has been cleared. People have also been allowed to re-enter the evacuated building.