Fireworks mistaken for shots leads to standoff near college

6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:09:14 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities said fireworks that were mistaken for gunshots led to a standoff near Rockhurst University.

The Kansas City Star reports that police responded just after 3 a.m. Friday to a home near the Jesuit university in Kansas City.

Campus security chief Randy Hopkins said several students walked into a home and refused to come outside when urged to walk toward officers.

Before the standoff ended, someone threw out some fireworks. An officer also saw what he believed was the silhouette of someone holding a long-arm rifle.

Police subsequently received permission to search the home and found an air rifle inside.

University officials are reviewing what happened. The home that was the focus of the standoff isn't part of the university but is private property leased by the students.

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