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Phoenix police release 911 calls in terrorist hoax

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Police have released the 911 calls of terrified drivers who witnessed what appeared to be a terrorist holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher at a busy Phoenix intersection.

Authorities said it was a hoax as part of one man's plan to test the response time of the Phoenix Police Department.

Nine people called 911 on July 28 when they saw what they said looked like an armed terrorist at the intersection of Bell Road and 33rd Avenue.

"He's holding a rocket launcher and he's pointing it at vehicle. His face is also covered. You can only see his nose," according to one of the 911 calls.

"An RPG, a rocket propelled grenade launcher. I assume it's fake - I hope so. But I think you should probably check it out," another 911 caller said.

The person allegedly holding the grenade launcher was a teen dressed up and being filmed by his uncle.

"He kind of had it shouldered, kind of holstered. But as I passed by, he pointed it at me," another person reported. "I got kind of freaked out. I didn't know what to think."

Dispatchers assured nervous callers that police were en route to handle the situation.

The man who allegedly filmed the stunt, Michael Turley, 39, is now facing several charges, including endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Phoenix police are trying to contact the 911 callers. They're urged to contact Phoenix police to assist with the investigation.

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