Umbrella ‘Assault Rifle’ Report Forces NJ Train Delay

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
May 24, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A train in New Jersey was halted after people thought a passenger’s umbrella was mistaken for an assault rifle, it was reported.

A witness told police that a man with a cast on his arm was “armed with a long barrel assault weapon” and entered the light rail train on the NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen line, reported MyFoxNY.com.

The train and several others were held over the incident.

However, authorities determined that the “weapon” was an umbrella.

NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. told NJ.com that it was an ordinary, dark-colored umbrella.

“We are so grateful for the continued vigilance of the public and NJ Transit customers,” Durso told the website. “Even though this did not turn out to be something, we still encourage people to see it and say it.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.