TWENTYNINE PALMS — A suspicious object, which turned out to be a pressure cooker, sitting outside the front entrance led to the closure of the Twentynine Palms Post Office, 73839 Gorgonio Drive, Friday morning, Feb. 21.
Deputies were dispatched to a report of a suspicious package in front of the post office at about 10:22 a.m.
The object, a silver cylinder , also caused sheriff’s deputies to shut down streets leading to the post office while waiting for arson and bomb investigators to arrive and examine the object.
Sheriff’s patrol units were turning people away at Palo Verde Avenue and Aztec Avenue on Gorgonio Drive and at Joshua Drive and Mesquite Avenue.
Members of the bomb squad confined the device and rendered it safe.
The object turned out to be a pressure cooker which has been left in front of the post office. When patrons saw the device they alerted postal employees who called the sheriff’s department. Responding deputies evacuated the area and called for the bomb squad.
Bomb/arson squad members removed the device, took it to an empty lot and detonated it. It was determined the device did not contain any explosives. What was left of the device was collected for evidence.
Postal employees are reviewing video surveillance and the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information related to the investigation, is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.