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All clear given, streets re-open after Plaza package deemed not a threat

Suspicious package found in Plaza parking garage
Posted at 1:07 PM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-22 17:30:08-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Police say a suspicious package that shut down a portion of the Country Club Plaza Wednesday was determined to not be a threat.

Police on Thursday said the suspicious package contained two cans of Monster Energy drink.

Police were called to the parking garage next to the Apple store at the Country Club Plaza around 11:30 Wednesday morning. 
KCPD say someone noticed a package that looked out of place on the lower level of the parking garage.
The Apple store and streets nearby were evacuated. Dozens of shoppers gathered to watch as a member of the bomb squad was sent in to investigate the package.
"I came to the Apple store to get my phone fixed, but change of plans!" said Kayla Johnson, who watched from a distance.
Captain Lionel Colon of the Kansas City Police Department says x-rays determined the the package was not an explosive device. Inside the package was a container of liquid. Additional equipment was used to smell the package and determine the liquid was non-hazardous.
Police would not say how much liquid was in the container or what exactly it was.
With recent bombings in Austin, Texas, police say there's no such thing as being too careful.
"These are times when we just don't take a chance," said Capt. Colon.
Johnson says she's grateful police did a thorough investigation. 
"I think it's good that they actually checked because things can happen," she said. "I'm glad they made sure everything was okay."
Police say even though the package did not end up being a threat, the person who reported it did the right thing. They encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it.
EARLIER | KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The parking garage on the corner of Central Street and Nichols Road on the Country Club Plaza is closed off due to a suspicious package. 

KCPD said the ATF, Bomb and Arson squad, and HAZMAT are on the scene. 

The package is on the lower level of the parking garage. KCPD said it's been X-rayed, and additional equipment is being brought in to get a better idea of what's in the package. 

Streets surrounding the parking garage have been closed off, and the Apple and Tiffany and Company stores have been evacuated. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 41 Action News for updates.