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Miley Cyrus' home in California's San Fernando Valley was swarmed by police officers, firefighters and rescue squads Wednesday night after North Hollywood police received an emergency call saying there had been a kidnapping and shooting on Cyrus' grounds. Thankfull, E! News confirms, the 911 call was nothing more than an ill-advised prank -- and authorities arrived on the scene to discover that there was no one home.
According to TMZ, police had taken the call at face value, so there were helicopters in the air and officers lining the perimeter of the property wielding "high powered weapons." Needless to say, authorities weren't very pleased when they found out the whole incident was a hoax.
Cyrus, 19, is likely still in Philadelphia, where she was spotted earlier this week with fiance Liam Hemsworth, 22, who is busy filming a movie there.
Police are now assuming that this call was a prank from a "911 abuser," which means that it was part of an increasingly popular trend called "swatting."
Swatting refers to a caller trying to "trick emergency responders into dispatching law enforcement (like the SWAT team) to a home by making up a serious crime," TMZ reports. If these swatters are caught, they could be facing some major charges.
"If the person is found, they will be arrested and prosecuted because it was a false call, a false allegation," an LAPD spokesperson tells E! News.
If someone had been killed during the incident, the jokester could have even faced felony charges. The moral of the story: Don't mess with the cops, kids!