Umbrella mistaken for rifle causes Kirkland hospital scare

The man recognized himself in a photo that was sent out and contacted hospital security.

This photo shows an umbrella with a sword-shaped handle on Wednesday in Kirkland. (Kirkland Police Department via AP)

This photo shows an umbrella with a sword-shaped handle on Wednesday in Kirkland. (Kirkland Police Department via AP)

An umbrella sparked a scare at a Seattle-area hospital after it was mistaken for a rifle.

KOMO reports an employee of Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland noticed a visitor Wednesday morning carrying a backpack that had a long-handled item sticking from the top of it.

Evergreen Health spokeswoman Kay Taylor said surveillance video was reviewed but it wasn’t clear what the object was. As a precaution the facility was locked down and the hospital sent out the surveillance photo.

The man in the photo recognized himself and contacted hospital security to let them know it was an umbrella with a handle that’s shaped like a sword.

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