Man arrested following suspicious device investigation at St. Petersburg McDonald’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A man has been arrested following an investigation into a suspicious device found inside a car in a McDonald’s parking lot Friday night.

An officer was called to the McDonald’s on Tyrone Boulevard around 9:20 p.m. about a man who had been in a car in the parking lot for five hours.

The responding officer said the man appeared to be under the influence and had a suspicious looking device inside a backpack.

Police now say it was a homemade device to make narcotics, and was not an explosive device.

Andrew Bryant, 37, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Businesses nearby were evacuated and the intersection of Tyrone Boulevard and 66th Street was shut down for several hours overnight while police investigated.

The Tampa Bomb Squad was also called to assist.

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