Police: Resident inadvertently left behind pressure cooker, caused shopping center scare

A strip mall in Bellingham was evacuated Wednesday morning after a report of a suspicious package.

Police, the fire department and bomb squad responded to the scene.

Police said an employee called saying there was what appeared to be a pressure cooker in a shopping carriage.

The pressure cooker was found to be empty. After the incident, a resident came forward and reported to police that they had inadvertently left the pressure cooker in the carriage when loading their groceries in their car.  Police say the incident appears to be an oversight and no charges will be filed.

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