Someone toting a toy gun as part of their Halloween costume sparked a scare at a Long Island college campus Tuesday, and police were called for what a student thought was a real gun, officials say.
The Suffolk County Community College in Selden briefly went into lockdown after a student called 911, thinking they saw someone on campus with a gun.
Students tweeted from campus saying an alarm went off, urging students to "take shelter."
An all-clear was issued shortly afterward, and the college's public safety office said the gun was determined to be a fake and part of a Halloween costume.
Normal activities have resumed at the college.
Last month, another college in Manhattan was briefly evacuated under similar circumstances: someone spotted an ammunition belt on the floor of a bathroom at Pace University and called 911 to report a man with a machine gun.
It turned out the belt was decorative, and the man wearing it in the bathroom posed no threat. Police at the time called it a "belt that he wore as part of his wardrobe... but probably not a very good fashion statement."