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Suspicious object turns out to be Star Wars toy

Tuesday - 8/26/2014, 9:30am  ET

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Call Luke Skywalker for backup.

Police in Juneau took a call Tuesday to check out a suspicious device spotted on the side of a road.

The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/YIVmu4 ) reports the first officer on the scene wasn't sure what to make of the object. A dispatcher sent out a second officer with expertise in bombs.

Wise in the ways of Star Wars toys was he.

The second officer determined that the device was a plastic light saber toy taped to a stick. The laser swords were the preferred weapons of Jedi knights.

The confusion may have occurred because the toy, which expands to reveal a long plastic "blade," was in the closed position.

Said police department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara: "It was not explosive in any way."


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