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An iPhone case shaped like a gun is shown in this undated handout photo. A Manitoba man has turned his cellphone case over to police after it caused panic on a crowded public beach.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

A Manitoba man has turned his cellphone case over to police after it caused panic on a crowded public beach.

The black case, shaped like a handgun, was tucked in the waistband of the man's shorts on Sunday while he was at Grand Beach north of Winnipeg.

RCMP were called and responded with real rifles and Tasers.

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They found the man sitting on the beach with family members, including children, and quickly determined he was only armed with an iPhone.

Sgt. Bert Paquet says the 34-year-old man was questioned and voluntarily gave officers the case for disposal.

He will not face charges.

"While the individual knew this item to be a fake gun, our officers did not," said Paquet.

"Some people do not realize the risks associated with openly carrying or displaying these replicas in a public space. Anyone who owns this type or similar devices should safely dispose of them immediately."

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