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Alaska police call in bomb expert to 'defuse' toy lightsaber

"It was not explosive in any way," confirms the Juneau Police Department.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM  |  Updated Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM   |   Comments

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JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A plastic toy lightsaber discarded on a road in Alaska caused a bomb scare, prompting local police to dispatch a bomb expert.

On August 19, an unidentified Juneau resident became suspicious of an object on the side of the road. Rather than call 911, the concerned citizen phoned the Juneau Police Department's business line to report the mystery.

Not taking any chances, a member of the force with formal Explosive Ordnance Disposal training was dispatched, and quickly realized he was sent to contain a plastic Star Wars toy.

"It was not explosive in any way," Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara confirmed to the Juneau Empire.

Had the lightsaber been real, the bomb specialist likely would have been severely maimed at the very least, as lightsabers can only be safely wielded by Jedis and Sith Lords or their trainees.

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