'Suspicious' lightsaber draws police

A person in a Mendenhall Valley neighborhood must have had a bad feeling about an unidentified object on the side of the road because it was reported as a suspicious device.


The report on Tuesday afternoon prompted a police officer to respond to Threadneedle Street to check it out — he didn’t know what it was, either. Police then dispatched an officer who specializes Explosive Ordnance Disposal to investigate. The officer didn’t have to use the force to realize what it was: a plastic Star Wars lightsaber toy.

“It was not explosive in any way,” Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said.

The confusion may have been in part because the plastic, expandable lightsaber was taped to a stick and found in the closed position, she said.

Kalwara noted the person who reported the device did not call 911 — he or she used the JPD business line.

In the person's defense, lightsabers are a dangerous weapon. Just ask Luke.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.


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