The rolling can shut down traffic Downtown Tuesday. Credit: Eric Tendian/

DOWNTOWN — Police had to clear a Downtown street on Tuesday due to a suspicious object — only to learn the object was a can of Chef Boyardee attached to skate wheels, naturally.

At noon, officers saw the suspicious object in the street in the 200 block of South State Street, said Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago Police spokesman. “Out of an abundance of caution,” officers blocked traffic and shut down operations at the nearby CTA Red Line station.

Photos from Eric Tendian, who tweets about crime in Chicago, took photos of the object, which appeared to be a Chef Boyardee can attached to wheels.

Officers investigated the object and spoke to witnesses, then let traffic and trains return to normal, Carroll said.

Turns out a DePaul University student made the car prototype for a design class and put it on a State Street to take a photo, a university spokeswoman told CBS2.

The student, a 19-year-old man, was ticketed for disorderly conduct and breach of peace, police said. He was scheduled to appear in court on June 10.

The incident led to people sharing jokes about the can online: Twitter @BauerJournalism

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