Suspicious item shuts down Chicago's Magnificent Mile

By WEEK Producer

Suspicious item shuts down Chicago's Magnificent Mile

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chicago Police closed a portion of North Michigan Avenue for nearly two hours Tuesday morning after a suspicious object was found taped to a flag pole.

Bomb and arson units were called to the 400 block of Michigan Avenue just after 10 a.m. A remote-controlled robot was seen retrieving the object and a bomb technician dismantled it on the sidewalk. The object was later determined to be a stuffed animal.

Squad cars blocked Michigan Avenue in both directions and police began reopening the busy street just after noon. This is the second time in as many days that part of the Magnificent Mile was shut down for a suspicious item.

On Monday, the Michigan Avenue Bridge was closed to pedestrians and Chicago River closed to boats after a suspicious-looking bottle was found near the bridge. It was determined the bottle contained drain cleaner.

An all-clear was given Monday about an hour after the bridge and river were shut down.

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