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Tripod mistaken for rifle at Chaminade High; lockdown lifted

May 28, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein
  • A lockdown on Chamindale High School was lifted Tuesday afternoon.
A lockdown on Chamindale High School was lifted Tuesday afternoon. (KTLA )

A lockdown at Chaminade High School was lifted Tuesday afternoon after Los Angeles police determined that a report of "an unknown male with a gun" actually turned out to be harmless pieces of a school project.

A parent reported an armed man in a trench coat at the West Hills school around 9:40 a.m., prompting a campus lockdown.

Officers from the LAPD's Topanga division were sent to the campus, said Officer Diana Figueroa.

They searched the area and went room-to-room at the school but did not find a gunman, authorities said. They later determined that the call was the result of a misunderstanding.

The caller mistook a tripod and speakers that were part of a school project for a weapon, LAPD officials said.

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