Police swooped on Dundee University after receiving reports of a man carrying a gun — which turned out to be a Star Wars toy.
The drama unfolded after a university staff member was seen carrying the object.
It is understood that a number of people became alarmed by the male brandishing the item and contacted the police.
A number of police vehicles and university security staff were spotted on the campus just after 3pm on Monday. The man was traced shortly after.
However, despite the initial scare, the “gun” turned out to be a Han Solo 3-D replica weapon, similar to the one used by US actor Harrison Ford in the Star Wars franchise.
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed there was no armed response dispatched after it was established quickly the item was a toy.
The spokesman for the force added: “Police Scotland received a report of a man with what was understood to be a gun, in the area of Small’s Lane on Monday afternoon.
“The man was quickly traced and it was established that this was in fact a toy gun.
“This was a false alarm with good intent.”
A spokesman for Dundee University said the staff member has since apologised over the incident.
The spokesman added: “Police and university security staff responded quickly to a report of a person crossing the city campus and carrying what appeared to be some kind of firearm.
“The person, a member of university staff, was quickly traced and it transpired this was a toy gun.
“The individual apologised for any alarm caused and no further action was taken.”
West End Councillor, Fraser Macpherson said he was “pleased” to hear the incident was a false alarm.
He said: “There has clearly been no criminal intent during this incident yesterday.
“I’m pleased to hear this has been a false alarm.
“However, I can entirely understand why some people may have been alarmed by seeing this on campus. Although innocently intended, there is clearly a case not to have these type of items out in the general public as it can cause alarm.”