Police confront North Dakota students armed with telescope

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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 11:36 AM

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle.

WDAY-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1MXfrDu ) that Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light and told to stop moving.

They couldn't see who was shining the light and presumed it was a prank by other students.

An officer on patrol had spotted the two and thought the telescope was a rifle. He also thought Joraanstad's dark sweater with white lettering on the back looked like a tactical vest. He called for backup and the officers confronted the students.

Police say the students were never in danger and that it was a situation of "better safe than sorry."

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Information from: WDAY-TV, http://wday.com