Umbrella Prompts Evacuation Of Burlington Mall

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Apr. 19, 2011

BURLINGTON, Mass. — A mall near Boston was evacuated Tuesday morning after witnesses reported seeing a man with a rifle inside.

But by midday, state police confirmed there was no rifle at the Burlington Mall — just a man with an umbrella. 

Witnesses said they saw the man inside the mall's Nordstroms store just before 10 a.m. Police responded immediately, setting up a perimeter around the mall, evacuating shoppers and sending in a SWAT team. Meanwhile, some mall workers locked themselves inside of their stores.

The man in question, who was described as a short, white male, was carrying the umbrella inside his backpack.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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