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(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) — It rains so infrequently in California that a simple umbrella caused a college campus to go on lockdown.

On Wednesday, armed police moved into Cal State San Marcos, outside of San Diego, on reports of a man with gun.

Students were told to shelter in place and authorities held the man at gunpoint.

But it turned out it wasn’t a gun– it was simply an employee walking with a black umbrella.

The employee, identified as Bill Craig, has been a staff member at the school for 17 years.

After the scare, Craig said the police were just doing their jobs.

“What could you do but find the humor in it,” he said.

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