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Police Investigate Another Suspicious Package in Loop Wednesday

CHICAGO — Police were on the scene of a suspicious package in the Loop Wednesday afternoon, the third to be investigated downtown in three days.

Police received the call at 12:43 p.m. and were on the scene near State Street and Balbo Avenue until an all-clear was given just before 1:50 p.m., police said.

The item turned out to be a security tag, which are usually attached to clothing, police said.

The suspicious package is the third investigated by cops in the downtown area in three days.

Tuesday, a suspicious item closed North Michigan Avenue for several hours.

Authorities said the item was actually a piece of rebar with a cloth attached on a pole outside of the Wrigley Building. A message was written on the pole in grease, possibly from cheese.

Police said the person responsible was probably just a "kook."

The Michigan Avenue bridge was also closed briefly Monday after someone spotted a plastic bottle that had the words "liquid fire" written on it under the bridge.

Police said they did not believe the bottle was left there intentionally, but it was treated as an IED, or improvised explosive device.