Airsoft game at Budget Host draws authorities

Police responded to an incident that turned out to be a “big misunderstanding” involving Airsoft guns Sunday night at the Budget Host hotel, according to Fort Dodge Police Lt. Joe Bates.

Multiple Fort Dodge police cars and the Webster County Sheriff Department responded to the hotel at about 6:30 p.m. Bates said some residents in the hotel rooms were playing a game of Airsoft war, and had ordered a pizza.

“When the pizza delivery person came to the door, the people inside thought it was other guys coming after them, so they had their airsoft guns pointed at the door, ready to ambush them,” Bates said.

The delivery person didn’t see the orange tips on the guns, and called the police, he said.

The players later apologized, and the police took away the Airsoft guns, Bates said. The delivery person declined to press charges.