Fairbanks police and Fort Wainwright soldiers have retrieved a pressure cooker Wednesday morning, which was reported as a suspicious package near a pool bracketed by two schools.

Officers and Fort Wainwright explosive ordnance disposal technicians were called at about 8:30 a.m. to the Hamme Pool and Hering Auditorium, bracketed by Ryan Middle and Lathrop High schools off Cowles Street near Airport Way, according to FPD spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch.

“It was just a pressure cooker,” McCulloch said. “It was just near the two buildings by itself.”

Pressure cookers can readily be converted into bombs, as seen during the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by the Tsarnaev brothers. That wasn't the case Wednesday, however.

"They were able to open it and it was not a threat," McCulloch said.

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