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Dallas authorities treating package as hoax bomb

Emergency response crews gather on a closed street in front of the Dallas police headquarters in Dallas, Monday, June 5, 2017. A portion of the Dallas police headquarters has been evacuated and nearby streets closed after a suspicious package was found. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say they’re treating a suspicious item found outside Dallas police headquarters as a hoax bomb.

Officials say the item was a bottle containing a liquid later determined to be water. A note was attached. Authorities declined to say what it said.

Assistant Police Chief Randy Blankenbaker says the note was attached in a way that “caused even further suspicion.”

The discovery of the bottle Monday morning prompted the evacuation of a portion of Dallas police headquarters and closed nearby streets before authorities determined it was harmless.

It was found near an entrance to the building. A hazardous materials team removed it.

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