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Police: Man with power washer prompts Boulder school to go into lockout mode

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 12:50:56-05

BOULDER, Colo. -- A high school in Boulder went into lockout Tuesday morning after someone mistook a power washer for a rifle, according to police.

Boulder Preparatory High School went into lockout mode, which means school goes on as usual but all exterior doors are locked and nobody is allowed into or out of the building, as a precaution after someone reported seeing a man with what appeared to be a rifle in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant nearby.

Boulder County Day School and Miss Catherine's Creative Learning Center also went into lockout.

Boulder police searched the area and determined that the man had actually been carrying a power washer.

The lockout at Boulder Prep was lifted and school operations returned to normal.

Police said they planned to keep extra officers in the area as a precaution.