Halloween toy gun prompts Wash. school lockdown

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Posted: Nov 01, 2013 11:10 AM

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say a woman's Halloween costume that included a realistic-looking AR-15 toy rifle sent Wenatchee city officers and Chelan County sheriff's deputies rushing to a school.

A passer-by reported seeing someone walking near Lewis and Clark Elementary with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The school was put on lockdown for about a half-hour Thursday afternoon while the report was checked out.

KHQ-TV reports that dispatchers received another call from someone who said a friend had just walked home wearing a costume that included a replica rifle.

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The Wenatchee World reports the woman wearing the costume was in her 20s.

Sgt. Jim West says officers contacted her and told her, "carrying a 'weapon' like that was probably not the wisest of ideas."