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Report: Capitol net to come down (UPDATE)

A red balloon sits on a net installed on the fourth floor at the state Capitol in Madison on Friday. The netting was placed across the rotunda following an altercation over the release of balloons. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A net put in place across the state Capitol rotunda following an altercation over the release of balloons is going to be taken down.

State’s facilities director Jeff Plale tells WISC-TV the net is ugly and visitors have an expectation on what they will see when they walk in. He said the net was only a test and it will be down before the building opens Monday.

Workers installed it Friday — one day after police arrested a state worker accused of popping a protester’s balloon and pushing the woman into a door.

The state has banned balloons in the Capitol because they can damage the historic murals.

Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com

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