Suspicious cookware closed Hwy 50 for 2 hrs

On Sunday, June 30, just before 7 p.m. the South Lake Tahoe 911 Center received a report of an abandon pressure cooker on the ground at the Lakeview Commons located at Lakeview Avenue and U.S. 50. This call was just prior to the conclusion of the Race the Lake of the Sky paddle board event, which took place at the Lakeview Commons.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department, with the assistance of Race the Lake of the Sky security and event staff, cleared the immediate area. SLTPD was forced to divert Higvhway 50 traffic around the area of Lakeview Commons to ensure public safety until the package could be more closely examined.

The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad responded and attempted to destroy the cooker with their bomb robot. When that failed, a bomb team member, wearing protective gear, walked in and destroyed the devise with a PAN Disrupter which is a type of water cannon.

Once the device was rendered safe, it was determined to be an industrial sized electronic rice cooker which contained food. Traffic was diverted for approximately two hours.


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