Residual delays are to be expected on the New York City Subway system on Friday, August 16, after reports of suspicious packages prompted the evacuation of the Fulton Street subway station on Friday morning (local time). Police found two empty rice cookers at the station around 07:00; the New York Police Department (NYPD) declared the rice cookers did not pose a risk to public safety. A third empty rice cooker was later found at West 16th Street and 7th Avenue (Chelsea neighborhood) and was also deemed safe. Authorities are reportedly treating the investigation into the incident as if the rice cookers were "hoax" explosive devices, according to the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism. A search for the man responsible for placing the rice cookers is underway.
Though the Fulton Street station has since reopened and service has resumed at the station, residual delays are to be expected on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J and Z lines.
Individuals in New York City are advised to monitor developments, report suspicious objects and behavior to police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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