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Campus gun scare caused by student carrying light stand

December 6, 2018

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Officials say a gun scare at a Connecticut university last month was caused by a student carrying a portable light stand.

The report of a man with a long gun at Western Connecticut State University on Nov. 20 prompted a massive police response to the Danbury campus and a shelter-in-place order.

There were no reports of gunshots or injuries.

According to statement from the university Thursday, campus police reviewed security images and saw someone entering a building with the light stand. A student later carried the same piece of equipment past a classroom. A student in that classroom called 911 to report a man with a gun.

College President John Clark said he was “greatly relieved” by the report but urged the campus community to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.

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