Less than two months removed from the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon where pressure cooker bombs killed three people and injured over 200, several floors of a Michigan hotel were evacuated early Monday after a female guest discovered a pressure cooker in a second-floor bathroom.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the pressure cooker was found around midnight at The Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, and had not been converted into an explosive device. Police tell the Freep that the evacuation was a precaution and no injuries were reported.
Sources to Local 4 say that the pressure cooker did not belong to the hotel.
The Universal Muslim Association of America(UMAA) was hosting a three day conference at the hotel this Memorial Day weekend, and Arab-American News reports that the event titled, Conference of Ali, attracted attendees from different states and countries including several from Toronto, Canada.
This image from a Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security joint bulletin issued to law enforcement and obtained by The Associated Press, shows the remains of a pressure cooker that the FBI says was part of one of the bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon.(Photo: AP/FBI)
Dearborn, which has been dubbed "America's Muslim Capital" for its high population of Muslim and Arab-Americans, is hosting the annual conference for the first time.
Attendees at the event tell CBS Detroit that they are trying to understand why someone would leave the pressure cooker there.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions…pointing fingers at anybody, but I hate extremists just as much as everyone else hates extremists. It doesn’t matter what faith you are… ” Kasin Hasn told CBS.
Police have no suspects or motive at this time.
Local 4 Detroit reports on the evacuation and investigation in Dearborn: