Bong mistaken for rifle pointed from window; man arrested

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SAN DIEGO — A man was taken into custody Tuesday evening after he pointed a bong that looked like a rifle out of a window in downtown San Diego, police said.

At about 6:30 p.m., a man was seen pointing the object from the third floor of The Palms Hotel in the 500 block of Park Boulevard in the East Village, according to San Diego police. Officers, not yet knowing it was fake, began evacuating the area and stopped nearby trolley service.

A team of officers went into the building and found the man and a woman with what turned out to be a gold-colored “marijuana smoking device,” San Diego Police Captain Mike Holden said. The pair was detained and questioned.

An hour later, officers decided to only arrest the man and released the woman. The man was arrested for pointing a replica weapon at officers.

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