Two schools in Halifax were locked down briefly after police received reports of a man in the area walking around carrying a gun.
Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages said the call came in just before 2 p.m. from the area of Gottingen and Russell streets, where the man was seen.
“We had over 10 units in the area looking for the individual,” said Bourdages. “Shortly before 2 p.m., the individual was located in Dartmouth. The firearm was confirmed to be a replica and he was using it as part of a photo shoot.”
Bourdages said the man lives in the area, and a family member told officers the gun was a replica.
St. Joseph Alexander McKay School and Shambhala Independent School both closed their doors until police gave the all-clear.
Bourdages said anyone carrying toy or replica firearms for any innocuous purpose should exercise a little caution.
“Carry them in boxes, use them wherever you’re using them, but don’t walk on the sidewalk carrying it,” he said. “Officers have to treat these reports as real and it involves tremendous amounts of resources.”