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Police: tripod mistaken for weapon at Md. school


BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say they believe a man carrying a camera tripod was mistaken for an armed person at the campus of two Baltimore charter schools, prompting a lockdown and evacuation.

Baltimore Police Department spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said Thursday afternoon that as a precaution, a SWAT team will clear the school after students go to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents.

Kowalczyk says there was a report Thursday morning of an armed person at the campus that houses KIPP Baltimore's Ujima Village and Harmony academies.

KIPP Baltimore says on its Facebook page that students saw a potential intruder, but all students are safe.

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