Actors Dressed as Superheroes and Terrorists Cause Fright at Outdoor Boca Shopping Center

On Saturday night, two Boca Raton officers were approached by a "very concerned citizens," who told them about the five people on the top floor of a parking garage, Police Chief Dan Alexander said on his blog.

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM EDT
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Boca Raton police ordered to the ground at gunpoint five people wearing military-style garb and carrying what looked like weapons, but it turned out they were actors taking action videos of themselves as superheroes and terrorists.

On Saturday night, two Boca Raton officers were approached by a "very concerned citizens," who told them about the five people on the top floor of a parking garage who were seen putting on body armor and taking guns from the trunk of a car at Mizner Park, Police Chief Dan Alexander said on his blog.

"We are naturally concerned about possible active shooter and/or terrorist incidents, so our officers hotfooted their way to the scene, located on the top floor of a parking garage," he said.

The officers found five men dressed in military-style outfits with guns at the upscale shopping area. One of them had Samurai swords strapped to his back.

"We quickly learned that the “guns” were actually stage props or airsoft type guns," the blog said.

They were shooting action videos of themselves as two superheroes and two terrorists.

The people who had initially complained didn't want to get further involved, but the actors, all in their 20s, were issued trespass warnings.

"Some folks are getting carried away in their quest for the next great social media post. Someone is going to get hurt," the chief said. "Parents should have discussions with their kids about the potential risks associated with these stunts. Adults need to consider the appropriate, time, place and manner in regards to acting out their superhero fantasies."

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