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BB gun sighting sends Florida university dorm into lockdown

July 27, 2019
FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file photo, University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center, after explosive devices were found by authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a college student in the dorm, in Orlando, Fla. The sighting of what turned out to be a BB gun led to an hours-long lockdown at the University of Central Florida. The university sent a shelter-in-place alert around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Juy 26, 2019, advising those near the Tower 1 dormitory to seek shelter away from doors and windows. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file photo, University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center, after explosive devices were found by authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a college student in the dorm, in Orlando, Fla. The sighting of what turned out to be a BB gun led to an hours-long lockdown at the University of Central Florida. The university sent a shelter-in-place alert around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Juy 26, 2019, advising those near the Tower 1 dormitory to seek shelter away from doors and windows. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The sighting of what turned out to be a BB gun led to an hourslong lockdown at the University of Central Florida.

The university sent a shelter-in-place alert around 11:30 p.m. Friday, advising those near the Tower 1 dormitory to seek shelter away from doors and windows.

Campus police tweeted nearly 50 minutes later that there hadn’t been a shooting, but authorities were trying to contact someone in the dorm who appeared to have a firearm in his waistband.

At 1:45 a.m., police issued an all-clear, saying the individual had a BB gun, not a firearm. Police apologized for causing “undue panic and stress” with the initial alert, which UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger says was more appropriate for a tornado warning.

Metzger says the student will face student conduct sanctions, but won’t be criminally charged.

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