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Published:August 25th, 2014 12:53 EST

Bomb Expert Called in to Defuse Plastic Toy Lightsaber

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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."


Post 9/11 we must be vigilant and report any suspicious packages or objects to the authorities, but we must exercise a modicum of common sense.

A plastic toy lightsaber discarded on a road doesn`t mean that we are about to be attacked by Jedi warriors, and it`s most certainly not a cleverly disguised bomb left by a terrorist.

The unidentified Juneau resident should have simply picked the toy and deposited it in his garbage can.

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