Man dressed as Star Wars Stormtrooper prompts lock down in Kansas
Police were called to reports that a man armed with a weapon was patrolling a street in Salina
A man dressed as a Star Wars Stormtrooper prompted the lock down of a local business in Salina, Kansas, amid fears he was armed and dangerous.
Officers in the city of Salina were called to respond to reports of an armed man patrolling the streets from nearby business Action Travel, after a customer saw what they believed to be a man carrying a weapon at 1pm on Thursday.
Police advised the owner to lock up the business while a team responded, local media has reported.
Action Travel employee Janelle Snyder told KWCH12 they made the call as a precaution, "due to the stuff that's happened out in Colorado at the theatre and just weird stuff".
She added: "If he wouldn't have had the gun, we wouldn't have thought about it."
Police said the man, Chris Burns, was dressed up as a Stormtrooper and carrying a plastic prop gun for a video he and his friend were making. The pair had been taking a break from shooting the video for his Vine account 'Stormtrooper Sam' when he was seen walking down the street.
He told the New York Daily News: "I was pretty surprised. I think the Stormtrooper (costume) is pretty well-known. … Obviously it was just for fun."
Mr Burns said the ‘gun’ was a replica storm trooper blaster purchased online. He has big hopes his Vine account, adding: "I was thinking it would be cool to have Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on my Vine."
- 1 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 2 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 3 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...