Suspicious device found at bus stop outside Phoenix Denny's

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A suspicious item that was found outside the Denny's restaurant at Northern and 23rd avenues in Phoenix Wednesday morning turned out to be a non-explosive device.

The device was found on a bench at a bus stop outside the restaurant at around 8 a.m.

"When our officers arrived they confirmed it was a device that, given what occurred a couple of weeks ago, we were just going to take a safe approach to it," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump.

He described the item as a cylinder device that locked down and appeared to have some wires coming off of it.

The bomb squad was called to the scene.

They sent in a remote-controlled robot to grab the device and move it into the middle of the roadway. Police then exploded the device so they could see inside of it.

Crump said the device turned out to be the top of an industrial coffee dispenser that had a heating element hooked to it.

Investigators believe the device was left there intentionally to create a disruption.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Northern Avenue was closed from Interstate 17 to 23rd Avenue but has since reopened.