Stormtrooper in Salina causes business to close on Monday afternoon

A veteran thought that Stormtrooper Sam's gun might be an AK-47 rifle.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   July 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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SALINA, Kan., July 1 (UPI) -- Kansas police were summoned to downtown Salina Monday afternoon after a man who was dressed as a Star Wars stormtrooper apparently looked like he was going to have people feeling the power of the dark side.

Christopher Burns, 27, was outside of a business shooting a video for a website. A veteran who was in the area mistook his plastic gun for an AK-47 rifle and the police were called while the business went into lock-down mode.

Police arrived and determined that Burns, aka "Stormtrooper Sam," did not pose a threat and let him go.

Burns was a little surprised at the reaction to his suit.

"Star Wars is such an iconic image, I was a little bit surprised that someone would see a stormtrooper and fear when you know it's been around since the '70s," Burns told KSAL. "They were really cool and as soon as I told them what I was doing they were really nice about it."

He posts photos of himself in the suit on Twitter and uploads Vine videos.

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