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Pressure cooker causes scare at San Antonio Shopping Center

Original post made on May 27, 2013

Police evacuated nearby residents and businesses after a pressure cooker was spotted in bushes outside a building at San Antonio Shopping Center Sunday evening, May 26. The evacuation was lifted at about 9 p.m.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:43 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

If this was just an innocent case of a local resident putting a hot pot outside to cool (something that is done in our home at busy holiday times) then why didn't the owner explain just that at the time to the police?

Or was this a case of act first and ask questions later?

I think it is important to know exactly how the incident occurred because I can foresee lots of times when innocent people's actions could be reported as suspicious and it escalating out of control very quickly.


Posted by sillo, a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

EXACTLY!! thats the kind of thing thats been happening post you know what. innocent people are being ARRESTED for false fears! someone calls you a name thinking youre muslim or something and you're the one who gets arrested. this incident shows the real fears that can escalate social tensions. dangerous attitude, this over fearing reacting.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Gosh, when I put hot pots outside to cool, I try to keep them away from shopping centers & other business areas.


Posted by Manor, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

Sillo and Resident, let us all know how you obtained the crystal ball which can see through, anticipate, and accurately predict the outcome of every suspicious situation and person.


Posted by Unclassified, a resident of Barron Park
on May 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

So why not let the pressure cooker cool of in the back yard or patio, as most people do? Or does she live on a condo with no yard? Leaving it in the bushes of a parking lot is just plain stupid!


Posted by resident, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

Exactly where did this happen? According to Google Maps, the address given in this article (545 San Antonio Road) is a full mile (many blocks) away from the shopping center.


Posted by Uninformed, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Will we ever know what was in that cooker? Why was it hot? Was it somebody's burnt dinner or the work of some really brainless pranksters?


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Yeah, I'm less concerned as to where it was than what was inside of it and what the Police believe its projected purpose was.


Posted by pressur, a resident of Southgate
on May 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

no one has a ''crystal ball''. do you need a crystal ball to get through life? if you do, you won't make it. life happens ,apparently. cant escape .


Posted by crystal, a resident of Southgate
on May 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

you dont need crystal bal, all you need apparently, is a pressure cooker to control society!


Posted by mage, a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

in the eastern world ,you have ''look into my crystal ball!'' ,in ''the west'', you have presure cookers. so american ,the mundane versus the unknown ''mystical'' represented by crystal ball. america has appliances, the natural man has a ''crystal ball''.perhaps it is time to move from appliances to the ''mystic crystal revelations'', of aquarius.


Posted by gina, a resident of Menlo Park
on May 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

this was someone with 2 much time on their hands gee how many people accidently leave their pressure cooker in the bushes in the on position.
obviously someone wanted to have a little fun at other peoples expense.


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