We all know that in the Star Wars galaxy there's nothing more dangerous than a Jedi with a lightsaber. Unfortunately, for better or worse, humanity still hasn't managed to replicate these iconic weapons - although that hasn't stopped us trying.
However, lightsabers can still cause some major trouble in the real world. For example, recently an unidentified object was spotted at the side of the road in Mendenhall Valley, Alaska. The device caused quite a stir, with the police being called out to see if it was a danger to the public.
This is what Emily Russo Miller reported for the Juneau Empire newspaper:
The report on Tuesday afternoon prompted a police officer to respond to Threadneedle Street to check it out — he didn't know what it was, either. Police then dispatched an officer who specializes Explosive Ordnance Disposal to investigate. The officer didn't have to use the force to realize what it was: a plastic Star Wars lightsaber toy.
"It was not explosive in any way," Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said.
Phew. Stand-down everyone.
In all seriousness though, this isn't as surprising as it sounds. I mean, a lightsaber doesn't look that dissimilar to the classic pipe-bomb. Having said that, I'm sure many of us could identify the iconic lightsaber pretty quickly.
There is of course a sad undercurrent to this whole story though. Somewhere out there, there is a kid without their lightsaber toy.
A moment of silence please.
Did/do you have a lightsaber toy?