Saturday, March 25, 2006

It's a wrap

High school students were filming a movie in the Fernandina Beach post office in Florida when the police showed up believing a hostage crisis was in progress. According to The Florida Times-Union, police cordoned off the block, cleared nearby buildings and surrounded the post office.

Apparently the postmaster had given permission for the school group to use the post office after hours. But someone saw the teens carrying what they thought were real guns. When no one repsonded to phone calls to inside the building, a SWAT team was called in.

The postmaster explained the situation to officers and after 15 minutes, the officers retreated and the students were allowed to go home. A police spokesperson said it's unlikely criminal charges will be filed. The students, however, may be asked for some reimbursement.

The film's teenage director said he'll probably never work in that town again.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM