Colchester Schools Locked Down, Threats False

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Police say a report of a man with a rifle near two schools in Colchester turned out to be false alarm.

Police received information Thursday afternoon about two students who said they saw a man holding what appeared to be a rifle in the woods near the Mallets Bay School.

Police put that school and Colchester Middle School on lockdown while they searched the area.

They later found a man surveying property near the area. He was wearing clothing similar to what the students described and was carrying surveying tools that may have been mistaken for a firearm. He had no weapons.

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