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Police: Suspicious item at Concord gas station was deep fryer

Businesses and homes on Loudon Road were evacuated Friday night after the police found an item they believed was a pressure cooker, but later discovered was a small deep fryer. No one was injured, the police said.

The Concord police received a report of a suspicious item at the Mobil gas station on Loudon Road at 10 p.m. Friday. A silver-and black-object that looked like a small pressure cooker was next to a fuel pump, according to a police press release.

Nearby businesses were evacuated and Loudon Road was temporarily closed. The FBI, the state police explosives unit and the Concord Fire Department responded to the scene.

The item was a small deep fryer, and the police said it was safe.

The police are still investigating why the deep fryer was placed at the gas station. An officer declined to provide additional information yesterday afternoon, citing the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information can call the Concord
Regional Crimeline at 226-3100 or the Concord police at 225-8600.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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