Police were called to investigate a possible explosive device in a Newton parking lot around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Someone called the Surrey RCMP to alert them of what appeared to be an abandoned pressure cooker in an empty parking stall in King's Cross Shopping Centre at 7488 King George Blvd.
It turned out to be a rice cooker, police say, which had no power source and had non-English writing on it.
Sgt. Drew Grainger said the device's brand name was written in Chinese characters.
"We treated this like any other suspicious package," Grainger said.
Police closed the parking lot and the surrounding area and reviewed recent video from nearby businesses. No threats were called in.
Grainger said an explosive bomb police dog was brought in to help determine if it was a bomb.
Ultimately, police determined it was not an explosive device and it was taken for destruction.
"It was simply a rice cooker placed in a parking lot," Grainger said. "It was garbage."
© Copyright 2013