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Bong Shaped Like AR-15 Rifle Prompts Brief Scare In Southern California

The couple was arrested at the scene on suspicion of threatening police

A gold bong crafted to look like an AR-15-style rifle briefly prompted a shutdown of streets and trolley traffic Tuesday evening in downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, police said.

Around 6:20 p.m., witnesses reported seeing a man inside a third-story room at the Palms Hotel — on Park Boulevard between Market Street and Island Avenue — pointing a long-barreled gun from a window, San Diego police Sgt. Joe Ruvido said.

The nature of the call prompted police to shut down pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the surrounding streets, Ruvido said. Trolley service was also disrupted, as the Park & Market Station is just outside the front of the Palms Hotel.

As officers responded to the scene, a police helicopter circled above the hotel and the surrounding neighborhood. The Palms Hotel is about three blocks northeast of Petco Park, where the Padres are hosting the New York Mets Tuesday night in a game that started at 7:10 p.m.


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