Four teenage boys were detained for a short time while the RCMP investigated a weapons complaint Monday evening in Kelowna.

The guns turned out to be fakes, but police didn’t know that at first — prompting a full response from a large contingent of Mounties.

“RCMP take firearms complaints seriously due to the potential threat to public and police safety. It can be a pellet gun or a replica firearm, but our police officers will treat them as real until they can prove they are not,” explained Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey in a news release.

Police were called just after 8 p.m. when a person observed the teens walking in the 300 block of Yates Road with a gun.

The youths co-operated with police and followed all commands, O’Donaghey said. They were detained without incident and turned over two replica revolver cap guns.

Their parents were contacted and the boys were released.

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