Officers with the Meriden (CT) Police Department were called to investigate a reported suspicious package not far from Israel Putnam Elementary School in Meriden Thursday morning. They discovered what they called a "pressure cooker type device" and initiated a "shelter-in-place" until the bomb squad could detonate the device.
Police said they responded just before 0800 hours and the State Police Bomb Squad conducted a controlled detonation on the package just before 1030 hours.
The shelter in place order—which was issued not only for the school but for the surrounding neighborhood—was lifted around 1100 hours.
Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati commended the school resource officer, who was the first at the scene and was the individual who initiated the school's safety protocols, according to WVIT-TV.