Man Dressed as 'Star Wars' Stormtrooper Causes Lockdown in Kansas Town

| by Michael Allen

Christopher Burns scared the daylights out of some folks in Salina, Kansas, yesterday when he dressed up as a "Star Wars" stormtrooper, or as he likes to be called, "Stormtrooper Sam."

A veteran and a local business owner saw Burns in his costume, thought his plastic ray gun might be an AK-47 rifle and called 911, reports KAKE.

Several police officers responded and placed the downtown area on lockdown while they investigated the stormtrooper, who was shooting a video.

“Star Wars is such an iconic image, I was a little bit surprised that someone would see a stormtrooper and fear when you know it’s been around since the 70′s,” Burns told KSAL.

“[The police] were really cool and as soon as I told them what I was doing they were really nice about it,” Burns added.

Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney told the media this morning that the open carry of a gun is legal, “but you’re going to draw our attention to find out what you are doing."


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