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Dec 31, 2010 6:41 PM by AP

Guard mistakes New Year's balloons for gunshots

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Popping New Year's balloons spooked a suburban Denver armored car guard, who called police to report gunshots and a possible bank robbery in progress.

Police tell broadcaster KUSA-TV that the mistaken gunshots were reported around 10 a.m. Friday at a Wells Fargo bank. A security guard for an armored car company was servicing an ATM at the bank when he heard the popping sounds. He called 911 from inside a locked ATM room.

More than a dozen police responded, but the noise turned out to be popping New Year's balloons, not gunfire. However, police say the guard acted correctly in calling authorities.
Information from: KUSA-TV,

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