Vehicle with mounted “gun” in Detroit.

DETROIT – 4th of July, for Americans everywhere it means great food, great drink, great fireworks and all round great times. However panic was caused in Detroit when a man driving an armour plated military style vehicle was firing what appeared to be a machine gun mounted on top of it.

It turned out the weapon was a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun that had been converted to fire compressed gas. It produced bright flashes and loud gunfire sounds as the driver, a man in his 40s, drove around Shelby Township.

Recordings of a series of 911 calls capture the fear of residents whose reports of the imposing sight sent officers swarming late Thursday. In one call, bangs similar to the sound of gunshots can be heard.

Police say they arrested the driver and confiscated his vehicle. He was released Friday. Charges are pending.

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