The unattended vehicle was found on Sunday evening

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated May 25, 2015 11:50 AM
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A pressure cooker found inside a “suspicious” vehicle left parked on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., has been safely destroyed by a bomb squad, reported the Associated Press.

The car was left unattended near the U.S. Capitol building on Sunday, and the owner of the vehicle, identified of Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was later found and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman told the AP.

Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the car on a street on the mall, just west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday, Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider said.

“Further investigation revealed a pressure cooker, and an odor of gasoline was detected,” Schneider told the AP. The bomb squad was called in because the vehicle was “suspicious in nature.”

Police set up a security perimeter and a stretch of street near the Capitol was closed off to vehicles and pedestrians as a precautionary measure, according to CNN. The public was warned that the detonation would result in a loud noise.

Following the safe destruction of the pressure cooker, Schneider told the AP that a “hand search” of the vehicle was conducted, “with negative results and nothing hazardous found” by 8:20 p.m.

Vehicle owner Shimeles was arrested and charged with “Operating After Revocation,” according to the AP.

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